Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) christened – timelapse video of construction

On Saturday, Nov. 9, Susan Ford Bales christened the new aircraft carrier after her father, the 38th president of the United States. Hours later, shipbuilders Huntington Ingalls Industries released a timelapse video of the ship’s construction, beginning with its keel laying ceremony in 2009. Stick with it past the opening tribute to the man who…

Wow. Latest pics of ZUMWALT (DDG 1000)

The destroyer Zumwalt is one of the most strikingly different warships ever built, in any age. Angular and stealthy, the ship’s lines are almost as different from other destroyers as the Monitor and Virginia/Merrimac were from the sailing ships of their era. In some ways, the Zumwalt’s silhouette actually harkens back to Confederate-built Civil War-era…

New Ship News – Sub launched, Carrier prepped, LCS delivered

Government shutdown or not, the US Navy’s shipbuilding programs are moving forward, with several noteworthy events recently taking place or coming up. At the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn., the NORTH DAKOTA (SSN 784), latest of the Virginia class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, was floated off Sept. 15 in a process that…