PHOTO RELEASE -- 21st Century Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Takes
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division launched
Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River for the first time on Sunday. The
first-of-class aircraft carrier was moved to the shipyard's Pier 3, where it
will undergo additional outfitting and testing for the next 28 months.
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Gerald R. Ford has been under construction in Dry Dock 12 since November 2009
and was moved about one mile south to the shipyard's Pier 3 with the
assistance of six tugboats. The ship will be moored at Pier 3 to complete
outfitting and testing. Habitability spaces, such as berthing and mess areas,
will be completed, and distributive, mechanical and combat systems, such as
catapults and radar arrays, will be tested. The ship is scheduled for delivery
to the U.S. Navy in 2016.
"The ship's launch is always significant for her shipbuilders," said NNS Rolf
Bartschi, NNS' vice president of CVN 78 carrier construction, "but I think
it's an extra special experience this time because of Ford's unique qualities
as the first ship of the class, and thanks to the close relationship
shipbuilders have developed with CVN 78's sponsor, Susan Ford Bales. This
milestone provides an opportunity for the shipbuilding team to reflect on all
of the hard work that has been accomplished to ready the ship for launch, and
I could not be more proud of our shipbuilding team."
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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