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Costliest U.S. Carrier Isn’t Ready to Defend Itself, Tests Show

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:29 PM

Three combat systems on the $13 billion USS Gerald R. Ford have been found deficient in recent tests, raising questions about whether the aircraft carrier will be able to defend itself, according to the Pentagon’s testing office.

Navy evaluations of defensive capabilities for the costliest U.S. warship revealed “deficiencies and limitations” with its radar, electronic warfare surveillance system and a ship-to-ship communications data network, said in an annual Pentagon report released Thursday.

The USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Virginia, in 2017.
Photographer: U.S. Navy/Getty Images

“These deficiencies and limitations reduce the overall self-defense capability of the ship,” Robert Behler, the Defense Department’s director of testing, said in the report, which offers ...