The flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is completed with the addition of the upper bow. The bow weighs 787 metric tons and brings Gerald R. Ford to 96 percent structural completion. (Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Ind. via Navy)
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Another milestone has been marked in the construction of the Navy's newest aircraft carrier.
Huntington Ingalls Industries says construction of the Gerald R. Ford's flight deck is complete. Workers added the Ford's upper bow section last week.
Construction of the Ford began in November 2009 at Newport News Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls says in a news release that structural work is 96 percent complete.
The Ford is the lead ship in a new class of carriers. It features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement and an enhanced flight deck.
The Ford will replace the Enterprise, which was inactivated last year.