The U.S. Navy just got their $12.9 billion carrier

USS Gerald R. Ford

In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the future USS Gerald R. Ford is seen underway on its own power for the first time on April 8, 2017 in Newport News, Virginia. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/U.S. Navy)

NORFOLK, Va.  — The U.S. Navy has officially received the first of a whole new class of aircraft carriers.

The Navy announced Thursday that the USS Gerald R. Ford will now go through various workups at sea before becoming operational in 2020.

Delivery of the $12.9 billion carrier by Newport News Shipbuilding follows delays, cost overruns and issues with new technology, including a magnetic catapult system to launch jets.

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The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is seen underway on its own power for the first time on April 8, 2017 in Newport News, Virginia.
(Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

President Trump told Time magazine last month that the Navy should go back to using steam catapults because the new system is “no good” and costs hundreds of millions of dollars more.

The Navy has declined to comment on Trump’s comments. It says the new technology can increase flying missions by a third.

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