Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Lifts Heaviest Unit Onto Aircraft
Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Oct. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS)
division placed a 1,026-metric ton unit — roughly the weight of six Boeing 747
commercial airplanes — onto the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R.
Ford (CVN 78) Thursday.
Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
The gallery deck to flight deck bridge
assembly was placed on the aircraft
carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
Thursday. The 1,026-metric ton unit is
the heaviest that will be moved during
the ship's construction.
A photo accompanying this release is available at
"This is the heaviest unit to be moved during the ship's construction and the
largest lift our crane has ever made," said Rolf Bartschi, NNS' vice president
of CVN 78 carrier construction. "This lift represents the strategic
construction improvements of the Ford-class carriers. The concept during
design of the ship was to build larger units than were built on the
Nimitz-class carriers, resulting in fewer crane lifts to the dry dock. This
lift is a significant achievement for our shipbuilding team on this
first-of-class ship and reflects the pride and capability of the entire team."
Gerald R. Ford is being built using modular construction, a process where
smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form large structural
units, outfitting is installed, and the large unit is lifted into the dry
dock. Of the nearly 500 total structural lifts needed to complete the ship,
435 have been accomplished. The lifts are accomplished using the shipyard's
1,050-metric-ton gantry crane, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere.
At 128 feet wide and 128 feet long, the gallery deck to flight deck bridge
assembly comprises 14 steel sections and includes firefighting, jet fuel and
catapult systems, jet blast deflectors and electrical servicing stations.
Construction of the gallery deck to flight deck bridge assembly began in
Gerald R. Ford represents the next-generation class of 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. Ford has been under construction since
November 2009. The ship is more than 88 percent structurally complete and is
scheduled to launch in 2013 and deliver to the U.S. Navy in 2015.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.
Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California,
its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls
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