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Ford aircraft carrier leaves Norfolk for Navy's round of sea trials

The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) pulls into Naval Station Norfolk for the first time on April 14, 2017.

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By COURTNEY MABEUS | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: May 24, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. (Tribune News Service) — Now it's the Navy's turn.

The future aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford left Norfolk on Wednesday for acceptance trials, bringing it one step closer to joining the fleet later this year, Naval Sea Systems Command said in a news release.

Acceptance trials are a chance for the builder to demonstrate to the Navy the ship's operational abilities at sea and to show that it is built according to contract specifications.

The $12.9 billion Ford is the most expensive carrier ever built. It completed builder's sea trials in April before moving to Naval Station Norfolk from Newport News Shipbuilding.

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