US Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford deploys for first time

USS Gerald R Ford has set sail on her maiden deployment.

The US Navy's newest and most advanced aircraft carrier left Norfolk, Virginia, to lead a carrier strike group in the Atlantic.

She will work alongside ships and personnel from seven NATO allies – the US, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain – and Finland and Sweden, who are in the process of joining the alliance.

Around 9,000 personnel from nine nations, 20 ships and 60 aircraft will be involved, according to the US Department of Defense.

The Gerald R Ford Carrier Strike Group (GRFCSG) will focus training on air defense, anti-subsurface warfare, distributed maritime operations, mine countermeasures, and amphibious operations, the US Department of Defense added.

The US commands and units involved in the GRFCSG deployment include Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 2, USS Normandy, USS Ramage, USS McFaul, USS Thomas Hudner, USNS Joshua Humphreys, USNS Robert E. Peary, and USCGC Hamilton.