Business Insider: The US Navy’s newest supercarrier is underway with all its available airpower for the first time
* The Navy’s newest supercarrier, USS Gerald R. Ford, is underway with all its airpower.
* This is the first time the $13 billion ship operated with its entire air wing embarked, a Navy official told Insider.
* The Ford is underway for a composite training unit exercise known as COMPTUEX, the official said.
USS Gerald R. Ford — the US Navy’s newest supercarrier — is operating underway with all of its available airpower for the first time.
A Navy official confirmed to Insider reporting from Navy Times that this is the first time the entire carrier air wing has been embarked on the Ford for an underway period. The ship is underway for a composite training unit exercise known as COMPTUEX.
This exercise “assesses a carrier strike group’s abilities to conduct military operations at sea and project power ashore through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios,” 2nd Fleet spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Kristi Johnson told Insider. “This evaluation is planned and executed by the Carrier Strike Group 4 staff, and it tests the mission-readiness of deployable assets to perform as an integrated unit.”
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Update #1: Aircraft carrier Ford embarks with full air wing for first time (Navy Times)
Update #2: VIDEO: Navy’s Newest Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Faces Toughest Test Yet (USNI News)
WNU Editor: The Ford Carrier Strike Group is expected to deploy on its first full-length deployment sometime later this year.