Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Christening Ceremony

November 9, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Watch the christening of America's next-generation aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Built at Newport News Shipbuilding by the world's best shipbuilders, the christening marks the beginning of a new class of carriers that will serve for a century.

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About the Christening Ceremony

Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was christened on November 9, 2013 at Newport News Shipbuilding, where the ship is currently under construction. The ceremony celebrated the beginning of a new class of aircraft carriers and the legacy of President Ford. Gerald R. Ford's christening marks the beginning of the Ford-class of aircraft carriers, which will serve America for a century. Learn more

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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.



Construction on Gerald R. Ford began in 2005 before the ship was officially named. See the major construction milestones.



Construction photos, videos, fact sheets and news releases.


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