PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Christening Ceremony

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of christening of the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first ship of the next-generation class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

The ship was christened during a ceremony Nov. 9 ceremony at Huntington-Ingalls Industries Newport News shipyard, Newport News, Va.

Before a standing-room-only crowd of thousands, Susan Ford Bales, the ship’s sponsor and daughter of President Ford, smashed a bottle of American sparkling wine across the bow to christen the ship.

Gerald R. Ford is the lead ship of the Gerald R. Ford class, the first new aircraft carrier design in more than 40 years. The first-in-class ship features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, an enhanced flight deck capable of increased aircraft sortie rates, and growth margin for future technologies and reduced manning.

The Gerald R. Ford class will eventually replace all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. The Ford class is designed to provide increased warfighting capability with approximately 700 fewer crewmembers for decreased total ownership cost.

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