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Ford Carrier Reaches Milestone With New Weapons Elevator

January 18 2019


The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier has accepted its first advanced weapons elevator (AWE), a key capability for transporting ordnance to the flight deck, reports the Navy NewsStand.

The elevator, designated AWE Upper Stage #1, was handed over to the USS Gerald R. Ford on Dec. 21, following the completion of testing and certification at the Huntington Ingalls Industries facility in Newport News, Va., said a service release on Wednesday.

The Ford features three upper-stage...

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