The Gerald R. Ford sits in the graving dock at Newport News Shipbuilding. (Christopher P. Cavas/Staff)
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. — The Navyís newest aircraft carrier is set to be christened in early November.
Susan Ford Bales is scheduled to smash a bottle of American sparkling wine across the shipís hull on Nov. 9 to christen the Gerald R. Ford. She is the sponsor of her fatherís namesake ship.
Huntington Ingalls Industries says Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan will serve as the keynote speaker at the christening ceremony.
Construction of the Ford began in November 2009 at Newport News Shipbuilding.
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.