The US Navy accepted delivery of the USS Gerald R. Ford on May 31st. CVN 78 is the first in its class (Ford class) and first new carrier design since the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) came into the fleet in 1975.

Delivery followed the ship’s successful completion of acceptance trials May 26.

“Congratulations to everyone who has helped bring CVN 78 to this historic milestone,” said Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, program executive officer for aircraft carriers. “Over the last several years, thousands of people have had a hand in delivering Ford to the Navy — designing, building and testing the Navy’s newest, most capable, most advanced warship.