The US Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) has achieved another post-delivery milestone during its window of opportunity for maintenance (WOO) 10.
The milestone demonstrates the carrier’s mission readiness for its independent steaming event (ISE).
The ship completed required maintenance and construction projects to board 1,000 personnel from Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8) and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12.
WOO 10 was used as a launch pad by the vessel, CSG-12 and CVW-8 for integrated operations for the forthcoming at-sea period.
CSG-12 and CVW-7 deployed the latter’s operations officers to assess the ship’s mission planning spaces, providing recommendations for execution of command and control (C2) using Ford’s capabilities.
CSG-12 will assess Ford’s C2 capability during ISE 10.
Simultaneously, CVW-8 will operate over 30 fixed-wing aircraft and MH-60R/S Seahawk detachments from both Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) squadrons and Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) squadrons.
Ford commanding officer captain JJ Cummings said: “This will be the first time Ford has brought on an air wing and our CSG staff, so we’re intentionally going to stress the ship’s systems and the crew to see how well we integrate as one cohesive unit.
“This is our first opportunity to conduct cyclic flight operations with an air wing.”
The accomplishments were achieved with support from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding Division, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and Technico.
Cummings added: “Like many industries across the nation, we’ve had to adapt during the coronavirus pandemic, and we’ve found innovative ways to provide quality training while keeping in compliance with Covid-19 mitigation protocols and best practices.”