October 5, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Another milestone is being marked for the Navy's newest aircraft carrier.
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.
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 USS Enterprise, which was inactivated last year.