The first in a new class of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers has been painted and is almost ready to float, the ship’s builder announced Oct. 1.
This is “history in the making,” tweeted Huntington Ingalls Industries.
The CVN 78, the initial Ford-class carrier, is under construction in Newport News, Va., by Huntington Ingalls division Newport News Shipbuilding.
A christening ceremony, in which the ship will be named and launched, is scheduled for Nov. 9. After the ship is launched, or undocked, it will be moved to a pier where it will undergo further work until it is ready for delivery in 2016, the company said.
The Navy plans to buy three Ford-class carriers to field new technologies, including the ability to launch aircraft more quickly. It is expected to spend more than $43 billion to develop and buy the three nuclear-powered vessels. The Ford class, which is a successor to the Nimitz class designed in the 1960s, is named after former President Gerald Ford.
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