VIDEO NEWS RELEASE -- Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Christened at
Newport News Shipbuilding
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division today
christened Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first ship of the next-generation
class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
"There is perhaps no more visible or powerful representation of America's
military strength than the hull that towers above us," said U.S. Sen. Carl
Levin (D-Mich.), who served as keynote speaker. "No other nation makes
carriers like America makes them, and this will be the most powerful American
carrier ever to sail. Yet for every time that this ship will instill doubts in
the minds of our adversaries, it will many more times give hope to our friends
and to the people of the world. It will be welcome support in times of crisis,
and it will also be comfort in times of disaster and grief. So it is truly
fitting that it will bear the name Gerald R. Ford."
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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. During her remarks, she addressed
the shipbuilders, reflecting on the relationships she has built with them
during construction of her father's namesake ship.
"This shipyard's motto, 'Always Good Ships,' is not just a phrase; it is a way
of life here for over a century," Bales said. "There is nothing—absolutely
nothing—that can describe how proud I am to be your fellow shipbuilder. Your
integrity and patriotic commitments to excellence are without equal.
Shipbuilders of Newport News—you are a national treasure."
Since November 2006, more than 5,000 shipbuilders have helped to construct
Ford, and suppliers from 46 states across the country have contributed
specialized parts, skilled services and support to aircraft carrier
production. In the weeks following the christening, the carrier will be
launched into the James River and moved to a pier for outfitting and testing.
The ship is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2016.
"When USS Gerald R. Ford joins the Navy's fleet in 2016, she will reign as
America's queen of the seas for 50 years," said NNS President Matt Mulherin.
"She will stand as a symbol of sovereign U.S. territory wherever she sails.
She will represent her namesake—a man who embodied integrity, honor and
courage. And she will forever carry with her the spirit of her sponsor, the
strength of her crew and the heart of her shipbuilders."
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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 at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also
provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy
industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
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