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Newport News Shipbuilding

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, CVN 78, under construction since November 2009, sits in Dry Dock 12 at Newport News Shipbuilding before the flooding of the dry dock began.

Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier at Newport News

Huntington Ingalls Industries says workers at Newport News Shipbuilding have installed four 30-ton bronze propellers on the USS Gerald R. Ford. At 21 feet in diameter, each propeller spins to push the aircraft carrier through the water.

Officials say work continues on piping and electrical systems and habitability areas such as the galley and mess spaces. Construction of the Ford began in November 2009. The ship’s christening is scheduled for Nov. 9.

Reporting by the Associated Press.