A top American naval official said at a recent symposium that while significant progress has been made in readying the first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford for duty, the aircraft carrier is not likely to deploy before 2022.

The warship was scheduled to enter service in 2018 and the delays have already helped bring down one Navy secretary.

At the annual symposium hosted by the Tailhook Association fraternal nonprofit group on September 12, Rear Adm. John Meier, the head of Naval Air Forces Atlantic, said the Ford won’t be ready for at least another year and a half.

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