Mar 20, 2013 – Shipbuilders work night shift on Gerald R. Ford shortly after the mast is added to the island. Photo by John Whalen

The lower bow unit for the aircraft carrier, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is lifted in place 5/24/2102. The Ford, the first ship in a new class of nuclear-powered carriers is under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding. Photo by Ricky Thompson, Newport News Shipbuilding.

Jan 25, 2012 – The hull of CVN 78 begins to take shape several years into construction. Photo by Chris Oxley

The 825-ton stern superlift for the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is lowered into place to complete the ship’s stern on 9/12/2011. Photo by John Whalen, Newport News Shipbuilding.