NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has reached 50 percent completion, according to Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
This aircraft carrier is the lead ship in a new class of carriers, and has been under construction since November 2009. It is still on schedule to meet the scheduled launch in 2013 and delivery to the Navy in 2015, according to the release.
"We have a tremendous team of shipbuilders that is working hard and making great progress," said Rolf Bartschi, vice president of the CVN 78 Program. "There is still work to be done, but it is incredibly satisfying to see Gerald R. Ford taking shape."
The ship is 1,092 feet in length, and its total ship weight is 48,000 tons. More than 1,800 shipbuilders are currently working on the ship, but about 3,000 will be employed before the vessel is completed.
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