Gerald R. Ford
The video shows how Huntington Ingalls’s Newport News shipyard is building it, from keel-laying to launch. It’s a extremely complex process, like building an entire city that floats from scratch.
The new supercarriers would be more efficient than the current Nimitz-class ships, with a new flight deck design that has a different layout and structure to handle aeroplanes more efficiently. The deck also includes Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System catapults — four of them. The island — the control tower on the side — has been reduced in size and pushed towards the stern of the ship.
She will also have a new nuclear power plant that will require fewer people — two thirds less — and less maintenance, called the A1B reactor. She will use two of them while keeping the same size of the Nimitz.
Once she is finished in 2015, it will be in the fleet for at least the next 90 years. [Huntington Ingalls]