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Ford to be Christened on Nov. 9

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USS Gerald R. Ford, CVN 78, Dry Dock Flooding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

USS Gerald R. Ford, CVN 78, Dry Dock Flooding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

The Navy’s next generation carrier will be christened in a ceremony on Nov. 9, 2013 at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., according to yard owner Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will be christened by Susan Ford Bales — the daughter of Gerald Ford — the ship’s sponsor.

Bales floated the first-in-class ship on Oct. 11, 2013 in a ceremony ahead of testing of the hull. The dry dock will be drained ahead of the ceremony on Nov. 9.

Ford will replace Enterprise (CVN-65) that was decommissioned in late 2012. The carrier will enter the fleet in 2016.

The ship is estimated to cost $12.8 billion according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

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Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.