The USS Gerald R. Ford Is Big, Heavy, and Expensive as Hell

America’s latest and greatest aircraft carrier by the numbers.

Later this year, for the first time in more than four decades, the United States Navy will enter a new class of aircraft carrier into service. The USS Gerald R. Ford, named for America’s first model-slash-president, is a thoroughly modern carrier through and through. She’s the first American ship to use an electromagnetic catapult to launch airplanes. The first to feature stealth features. The first to use a new class of nuclear reactor capable of powering laser cannons and deflector shields.

Above all else, Ford is one giant, powerful, expensive mammajamma of a vessel.

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