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NEWPORT NEWS, VA - APRIL 8:  In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is seen underway on its own power for the first time on April 8, 2017 in Newport News, Virginia. The first-of-class ship -- the first new U.S. aircraft carrier design in 40 years -- will spend several days conducting builder's sea trials, a comprehensive test of many of the ship's key systems and technologies. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - APRIL 8:  In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is seen underway on its own power for the first time on April 8, 2017 in Newport News, Virginia. The first-of-class ship -- the first new U.S. aircraft carrier design in 40 years -- will spend several days conducting builder's sea trials, a comprehensive test of many of the ship's key systems and technologies. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

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The US Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, launched its first fighter jet using an electromagnetic launch system and then recovered the aircraft.

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The US Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, launched its first fighter jet using an electromagnetic launch system and then recovered the aircraft.