Photo Release -- Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Hits the 90 Percent Mark for
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Dec. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS)
division has reached 90 percent structural completion in the building of the
nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
CVN 78 Sponson Lift
The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford
(CVN 78) reached 90 percent structural
completion with the addition of a
140-foot long, 391-metric ton sponson,
one of the largest to be erected.
A photo accompanying this release is available at
Shipbuilders successfully added three units to the ship last week. Two of the
units were sponsons, which are structures that project from the side of the
aircraft carrier hull and provide the space needed for flight deck operations.
One of the sponsons was 140 feet long and weighed 391 metric tons, making it
one of the largest sponsons to be erected. In addition, shipbuilders installed
3 million feet of cable of the estimated total 10 million feet to be
"The entire construction team has done a great job in reaching the 90 percent
structural completion milestone," said Rolf Bartschi, NNS' vice president of
CVN 78 carrier construction. "All of our shipbuilders take great pride in
seeing the flight deck take shape and in the work they have accomplished to
build the systems and spaces within the ship. The lifts we have accomplished
are massive, which is in keeping with our larger-unit build strategy. Our
electricians have installed 3 million feet of cable to date and install on
average 10,000 feet of cable a day. Our shipbuilders continue to demonstrate
their capabilities and commitment to a quality product."
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, equipment is installed, and the large units are lifted into the dry
dock. Of the nearly 500 total structural lifts needed to complete the ship,
446 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.
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 scheduled to launch in 2013.
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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