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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Mar 09, 2016) — Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Sailors, assigned to the ship’s Combat Systems department, practice loading an inert-dummy RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile into the portside-aft NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System launcher. Training with inactive and dummy rounds helps prepare these Sailors for later evolutions involving the loading of live ordnance. Ford is scheduled for commissioning in 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patrick Grieco/Released)

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