It will initiate a program to replace obsolete US aircraft carriers. The Gerald Ford itself came off the stocks in exchange for the 2012 of the aircraft carrier Enterprise, which was decommissioned in December. The lead aircraft carrier gave the name to the entire class, whose ships will change the aircraft carriers of the Nimitz class.
According to RIA "News"," dubbed "the ship the daughter of 38 th US President Gerald Ford Susan Ford Bales - she smashed against the board a traditional bottle of champagne.
"This is a true miracle of technology," commander of the US naval operations (Commander-in-Chief of the Navy), Admiral Jonathan Greenert, said about the ship at a ceremony in Nyport-News.
The Gerald Ford has a displacement of 112 thousand tons and, accelerated by the power of two nuclear reactors, will be able to reach speeds of more than 30 knots. Almost 25 thousand crew members and more than 5 helicopters and deck aircraft will be accommodated on its 70 decks. aviationwhich will now be "fired" by an electromagnetic, rather than a steam catapult.
As noted by Interfax, by now the aircraft carrier is ready for almost 70%. As expected, its construction will be fully completed in 2015 year.