NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A construction milestone was reached at Newport News Shipbuilding Tuesday.
Shipbuilders lifted the forward end of a catapult onto Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The lift was the last of 162 superlifts hosted on Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and marks the end of more than three years of structural erection work.
"We've been working more than three years since we laid the keel in November of 2009 and this superlift represents the last unit to complete the hull," vice president of construction Rolf Bartschi said.
Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the first of the next-generation class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
The keel was laid November 14, 2009.
The ship will be christened this fall and it is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2016.
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