The Navy’s Fourth Gerald R. Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier is Under Construction

The First Cut of Steel ceremony that was recently held in Newport News signaled the official start of construction for the new warship called USS Doris Miller (CVN-81), the fourth Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy.
According to military writer Peter Suciu, Thomas Bledsoe, the great-nephew of the ship’s namesake, was given the honor to give the order to “cut the steel” to shipbuilder Gerald Bish.
“Today we recognize the start of construction of the fourth ship of the Gerald R. Ford-class,” Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, said during the ceremony.
“From this day forward, our shipbuilders will put their hearts into every pipe they fit, every unit they lift and every inch of steel they weld. Shipbuilders, …

















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