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Navy’s Costly Carrier Finally Has Its Bomb-Lifting Elevators

  • None of 11 elevators were installed on delivery in May 2017
  • Operational patrols can now deploy, four and a half years late
USS Gerald R. Ford
USS Gerald R. FordSource: U.S. Navy/Getty Images
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The Navy’s costliest warship finally has all the elevators needed to lift bombs from below its deck so it can deploy on its first operational patrol -- more than four and a half years after delivery.

The service has announced that the 11th and final Advanced Weapons Elevator is in place on the $13.3 billion USS Gerald R. Ford and the aircraft carrier is ready for training and operations.