Floating city Aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford (3)

USS Gerald Ford—the “Floating city,” the first unit of America’s new aircraft carrier class. Built at Newport News Shipbuilding by the world’s best shipbuilders, the christening marks the beginning of a new class of carriers.    Take a look at the videos…

Capt. John F. Meier, the CO of Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first-in-class aircraft carrier under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding, details the differences and improvements of the Ford class compared to Nimitz class. For more on Gerald R. Ford, visit http://www.thefordclass.com

Floating city Aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford (2)

About 5,000 American shipbuilders are participating in the building of aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
At completion, Ford will weigh nearly 100,000 tons—as much as 400 Statues of Liberty.
200,000 gallons of Haze Gray paint cover CVN 78—enough to give the White House 350 coats of paint.
Ford has been called a “floating city,” holding 4,660 personnel and 75 aircraft.
The carrier has a 5‐acre flight deck.
Ford produces 400,000 gallons of fresh water per day.
The ship produces 15,000 meals a day.
Ford can reach speeds in excess of 30+ knots.

CVN 78 is the first aircraft carrier to make a significant leap to electrical power, replacing many legacy steam‐powered systems and preparing the ship for future technologies.
The new electrical distribution system increases electrical capacity by 250 percent.
An Electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), similar to the system that powers many of today’s roller coasters, replaces steam catapults, enabling a smoother launch for the airwing of the future.
Ten million feet of electrical cable is installed on Ford, enough cable to span the distance from Washington, DC to Albuquerque, NM.
Four million feet of fiber optic cable is installed on Ford, the length of more than 7,200 WashingtonMonuments stacked on top of each other.

Photos by the US Navy