Last update on Aug.2, 2017
Aircraft Carrier Locations
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

CVW not assigned
Locations and Remarks
Actual construction is to begin in 3 January 2007
at Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Newport News shipyard.

11Aug2005, construction began
16Jun2006,
An amendment added
to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2007
proposes that CVN-78,
the first ship in the CVN-78 class,
be named for the 38th president "Gerald Ford"
05Sep2006,
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
and the Program Executive Officer (PEO)
held a signature and awards ceremony
at the Washington Navy Yard
to commemorate the certification
of the ship specifications
16Jan2007,
held the official naming ceremony
of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78),
the first aircraft carrier in the Ford class of carriers
10Sep2008,
The Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
a $5.1 billion contract to begin construction
14Nov2009,
the keel laying and authentication ceremony
24May2012,
The final keel section,
680-metric-ton, 60-foot-tall lower bow unit
was joined to the other keel sections
and was the last major section of the ship installed
below the waterline
11Jul2013,
welded a time capsule inside the flight deck control room
11Oct2013,
flooded Dry Dock 12 to float the first in PCU Gerald R. Ford
09Nov2013,
held a christening ceremony
at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding
in Newport News
17Nov2013,
launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier 3
for the final stages of construction and testing
12May2015,
completed 22 no-load tests
of Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS)

08Apr2017,
departed Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding
08Apr-14Apr2017,
Builder's Sea Trials, off the coast of North Carolina
14Apr2017, returned to Newport News Shipbuilding
24May2017, departed Newport News Shipbuilding
24May-26May2017,
acceptance trials by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) in the Atlantic Ocean
26May2017, returned to Newport News Shipbuilding
31May2017, delivered to the Navy
CVW not assigned
Locations and Remarks
Home Port : Norfolk, Va.
22Jul2017,
45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump
christened the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) at the christening ceremony
at Newport News Shipbuilding
28Jul2017, departed Norfolk
29Jul2017, returned to Norfolk
02Aug2017, departed Norfolk
02Aug-16Aug2017,
testing and evaluation operations off the Virginia coast
17Aug2017, returned to Norfolk
30Sep2017, departed Norfolk
30Sep-08Oct2017,
testing and evaluation operations off the Virginia coast
09Oct2017, returned to Norfolk
CVW-3
Locations and Remarks
Home Port : Norfolk, Va.