Gerald R. Ford
(CVN 78)

The first ship in the Ford-class is in the final stages of construction and testing, scheduled to join the U.S. Navy fleet in 2016.

John F. Kennedy
(CVN 79)

Construction is already well underway on the second ship in the Ford-class with the keel laying held Aug. 22.

(CVN 80)

On Dec. 1, 2013, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the third ship in the Ford Class would be named USS Enterprise.


Take a ride on Gerald R. Ford's new electromagnetic catapults in the must-see video where GoPro meets EMALS.

Jan. 11, 2016

14 Million Feet of Electrical and Fiber Optic Cable Installed on Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

Newport News Shipbuilding has completed the installation of more than 14 million feet of electrical and fiber optic cable on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Read the news release

Aug. 22, 2015

John F. Kennedy Keel Laying Ceremony

The keel laying is the symbolic beginning of a ship's construction. Join the shipbuilders, the Ship's Sponsor and the Navy for this historic ceremony by watching the a replay of the ceremony. Read the news release

Full Webcast (01:30:35) | Highlights Video (06:13) | Slideshow (20 photos)

Aug. 3, 2015

Ford's Crew Begins to Move Aboard

The 1,600-person crew begins to move aboard. Ship's Sponsor Susan Ford Bales helps serve the first meal prepared in the ship's galley. News release

June 22, 2015

NNS Breaks Ground for Joint Manufacturing Assembly Facility

The new facility will support the construction of Ford-class aircraft carriers and submarines. News release

June 5, 2015

HII Awarded $3.35 Billion Contract for Detail Design and Construction of John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

News release