The Navy's newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, just left port.

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 The voyage marks the first of the Ford-class aircraft carriers - nuclear-powered hangars-and-runways that serve as the linchpin of the US Navy's fleets.

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The Ford has already completed its sea trials and is now ready for its first operational deployment as part of the Navy. This mission will include at least one foreign port of call.

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The Ford's construction began in 2009 and was completed in 2017. The original budget for the project was $13.3 billion, which was approved in 2008.

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The ship was first set to sail in December 2021, but it experienced delays due to technical issues, like weapons elevators, that needed to be fixed before it could sail.

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The Ford is the eleventh aircraft carrier in the fleet to enter active service. It is also the first carrier of its new design.

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