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4 USS Gerald R. Ford

With its nuclear power plant and extraordinary size, the Ford is manufactured only here at Newport News Shipbuilding, Va., using "Big Blue" — the largest crane in the Western Hemisphere — towering 235 feet above the shipyard.

Check Out the Construction of the Most Expensive Ship Ever: USS Gerald R. Ford

The United States is building its next generation of aircraft carrier,

the FORD-class carriers. The U.S. Navy gave us access to photograph

construction of the USS Gerald R. Ford at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virgina.


numbers behind the USS Gerald R. Ford are impressive; about $14 billion

in total cost, 224 million pounds, about 25 stories high, 1,106 feet

long and 250 feet wide. But the sheer enormity of the ship and

construction operation is hard to grasp until you're nearly

face-to-metal with the massive military beast.

At Newport News

Shipbuilding the power of new technology and 100 years of carrier design

is built into every facet of the new ship. The Ford will handle up to

220 takeoffs and landings from its deck every day. Part of that quick

turnaround is because when aircraft like the new F-35 return for

maintenance, the plane's network will already have alerted ground crews

to what's needed so they can get the aircraft on its way faster than

ever before.

— Robert Johnson, Business Insider