NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- While the Gerald R. Ford -- the Navy's newest aircraft carrier -- is about to be commissioned, another ship's crew is headed out to sea trials.

The USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) left the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Friday, a day earlier than scheduled.

The Truman, which was commissioned into service in 1998, was getting system repairs and upgrades in the shipyard for about 10 months.

"The number one goal for this ship over the last year was making it better than when it arrived here," said Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, the Truman's commanding officer. "This excitement, enthusiasm and teamwork is what propelled us out of the shipyard. Truman is ready to tackle the next stage of doing what carriers do - conduct prompt and sustained combat operations from the sea."

Once sea trials are complete, the Truman will return to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk.

PHOTOS: USS Harry S. Truman heads out to sea trials