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Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) EMALS Dead Load Sled Launch

Susan Ford Bales, ship’s sponsor and daughter of President Gerald R. Ford, launches a 15,000-pound dead load sled from the bow of Precommissioning Unit PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), with the Electromagnetic Launch System, or EMALS, in this Huntington Ingalls Industries video. EMALS is the new technology catapult launch system that will launch aircraft without the use of steam for the first time aboard a Navy carrier in some 60 years.


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