It’s an exciting week for aircraft carrier fans— on Wednesday, Huntington Ingalls Industries, the builder of America’s next aircraft carrier, announced that the new carrier, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), is 75% structurally complete!
Ford, the lead-ship in the new class of carriers, has been under construction at HII’s Newport News shipyard since November 2009. It’s set to be delivered to the U.S. navy in 2015.
The first piece of the flight deck for the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was erected April 7. The 717-metric ton unit includes combat systems and electronics spaces. Photo by Chris Oxley
Wondering what’s different in the new Ford-Class of carriers? Check out our latest infographic and find out. Here.