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NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — An entire suite of aircraft launch and recovery equipment (ALRE) systems is required to enable safe and effective operations on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). CVN 78 recently completed Independent Steaming Exercise Five, during which it completed 401 catapults and arrestments, according to the ship’s Facebook page post Jan. 21.