The next generation aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was christened on Saturday, November 9, 2013. In the Military Ranks App under the Navy Gear | Ships section – the three US Navy aircraft carrier classes are described: Enterprise Class, Nimitz Class and Ford Class. CVN 78 is the first Ford-class aircraft carrier christened in the US Navy. Other planned Ford-class aircraft carriers include the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and CVN 80 (not named).
Ford-class aircraft carriers are a class of supercarriers intended eventually to replace the current Nimitz-class carriers. Ford-class carriers include new technologies such as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System as well as design features that improve efficiency and running costs.
Click HERE for more information about the newly christened Gerald R. Ford. Check out our Military Ranks iPhone App for information about US Navy Ships – including: Amphibious Assault Ships, Cruisers, Littoral Combat Ships, Destroyers, Frigates and Submarines.