In pictures: On board the world's biggest 'badass' aircraft carrier that has angered Russia
The US aircraft carrier that has made its looming presence felt to an angered Russia was once described as the “biggest badass” warship in the world.
The USS Gerald R Ford sailed into Norway’s capital Oslo on Wednesday in what was regarded as a show of Nato force as tensions with Russia continue to rise due to the war in Ukraine.
Norway shares a border with Russia and Moscow officials wasted no time in condemning the visit, describing the Nato “demonstrations of power” as “illogical and harmful”.
The 100,000-tonne warship was launched in 2013 and can hold 4,500 crew members on board.
The huge flight deck is packed with more than 40 aircraft, including dozens of F-18 jets, as seen in the Top Gun: Maverick movie.
Former commanding officer, Captain Paul Lanzilotta, said last year: “This ship is badass, I will just put it that way.
“It’s a really great system of systems, high technology is everywhere you walk on this ship.”
He added: “We have a little bit of the new-car feel, there is a bit of a buzz about the biggest, baddest warship of the fleet and our sailors feel that.”
Among the technological innovations on the ship are the 11 advanced weapons elevators (AWE) which use electromagnetism to speed up its capability of resupplying the fighter jets.
The lifts can carry 24,000 pounds per load at a speed greater than the previous Nimitz-class of US aircraft carriers.
The ship’s plasma arc waste destruction system (PAWDS) has also been designed to boost its environmental credentials, by burning up to 3,000 lb of rubbish at 5,000C, meaning 100 lb of waste can be reduced to 1lb.
The 333m-long vessel, which cost nearly £11bn to build, will conduct training exercises with the Norwegian armed forces along the country’s coast over the next few days.
"There are no questions in the (Arctic) north that require a military solution, nor topics where outside intervention is needed," the Russian embassy in Oslo said.
"Considering that it is admitted in Oslo that Russia poses no direct military threat to Norway, such demonstrations of power appear illogical and harmful."
Norwegian media reported that the aircraft carrier would sail north of the Arctic Circle.
"This visit is an important signal of the close bilateral relationship between the US and Norway and a signal of the credibility of collective defence and deterrence," a spokesperson for the Norwegian Joint Headquarters said.