Here are the first released images of the new aircraft carrier GERALD R FORD (CVN 78) “underway” for the first time, being moved Nov. 17 from the graving dock in which she was built to Pier 3 at Newport News Shipbuilding.
This is the first time the true size and shape of the carrier can be appreciated. The extreme width of the sponsons at the aft end of the flight deck is especially apparent here — a major difference from the earlier Nimitz-class carriers.
The ship has been under construction in Dry Dock 12 since November 2009. Shipbuilders will continue outfitting and testing on the ship, work that will continue into the early part of 2016, when the FORD is scheduled to be delivered to the US Navy. More