Gerald R. Ford Christened
On Saturday, Nov. 9, we christened America's next-generation aircraft carrier.
Keel Laying to Christening
Watch four years of Gerald R. Ford's construction in four minutes.
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CVN 78 Christening
On November 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EST, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) will be christened.
Minnesota (SSN 783)
On June 6, Minnesota (SSN 783) was delivered to the U.S. Navy.
Lincoln (CVN 72) Arrives
On Thursday, March 28, USS Abraham Lincoln arrived for her refueling and complex overhaul.
John Warner (SSN 785)
On Saturday, March 16, the keel of the 12th Virginia-class submarine was laid.
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USS Enterprise Comes Home
USS Enterprise (CVN 65) has arrived to complete her inactivation after 51 years of service.
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America's next carrier
After building all of the Nimitz-class carriers, we are building a new class of carrier—Gerald R. Ford-class.
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U.S. Navy Submarines
We are currently building the next attack submarine for the U.S. Navy—Minnesota (SSN 783).
Learn more about the submarine, the state it was named after, and the ceremony on October 27.
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For 127 years, Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) has carried on the legacy of American shipbuilding, building some of the most famous ships in American naval history with a diverse workforce of craftsmen and engineers. We proudly build U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and submarines, and provide after market services for both. In 2011, we became a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries after being a part of Northrop Grumman since 2001.
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Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Christened at Newport News Shipbuilding
On November 9, 2013, Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) christened Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first ship of the next-generation class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The first-in-class ship features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, an enhanced flight deck capable of increased aircraft sortie rates, and growth margin for future technologies and reduced manning. Before a standing-room-only crowd of thousands, Susan Ford Bales, the ship's sponsor and daughter of President Ford, smashed a bottle of American sparkling wine across the bow to christen the ship.
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