Get a Load of The U.S. Navy's 13 Billion Dollar Aircraft Carrier

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Launching of the Ford

The vessel was launched from dry dock into the James River in Virginia in November 2013. This signaled the beginning of its trials. The $13 billion Ford uses five new technologies designed specifically for the new aircraft carrier class. A new radar, an advanced arresting gear, electromagnetic aircraft launchers and a new reactor design are among technological advances. The Ford-class propulsion system generates three times the electricity as previous carriers, according to the Navy.

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