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Navy: Ford?s Advanced Arresting Gear Will be Ready for Fleet Super Hornets, Growlers by End of Year

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GERALD R. FORD ? The crew of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) are slowly expanding the aircraft they can launch and recover from the next-generation aircraft carrier, Ford?s air boss told USNI News last week.

By the end of the year, the Navy hopes to have all of the technical information it needs to launch and recover every configuration of the F-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler from Ford. The creation of the so-called launch and recovery bulletins for the carrier?s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) will allow fleet aviators and aircraft to operate from Ford.

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