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The largest and most complex warship ever built is almost finished.

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Ford Catapult Demonstration June 16

Testing of the Gerald R. Ford's electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) has begun on the ship, with dead load testing beginning June 5. On June 16, Susan Ford Bales participated in an event along with shipbuilders, ship's crew, and Navy and General Atomics officials.

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Design

A new island, a redesigned and more efficient flight deck, three flight deck elevators instead of four... the design of Gerald R. Ford will result in more than $4 billion saved over 50 years.

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Milestones

Construction on Gerald R. Ford began in 2005 before the ship was officially named. View the Ford-class major milestones.

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Media

Construction photos, videos, fact sheets and news releases.

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Video: Keel Laying to Christening of Gerald R. Ford

Watch four years of construction in four minutes, from the Keel Laying to the christening bottle break on Nov. 9, 2013. Watch the video

Slideshow: Christening Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

View photos of the Gerald R. Ford christening ceremony on Newport News Shipbuilding's website. Slideshow (21 photos)

Time-lapse: Sunrise to Christening

More than 20,000 people stream into the ceremony site for Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)'s christening on Nov. 9, 2013. Watch the video

Building a Giant

Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the product of years of construction, and before that, years of planning and design. Learn more

President Gerald R. Ford

He was an Eagle Scout, a college football star, a U.S. Navy sailor, a congressman and the 38th President of the United States. Learn more