Newport News Shipbuilding to Flood Dry Dock and Float Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

Newport News Shipbuilding to Flood Dry Dock and Float Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
Newport News Shipbuilding Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers



What: Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) will begin the flooding of Dry Dock 12,
  where the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has been under construction
  since November 2009. Susan Ford Bales, daughter of the ship's namesake and its
  sponsor, will tour the dry dock with media prior to initiating the flooding.
When: Friday, Oct. 11
  10 a.m. Eastern
  Media to arrive no later than 9:40 a.m.
Where: Media parking will be reserved in the shipyard's North Yard parking lot. Media
  must arrive no later than 9:40 a.m. Transportation to Dry Dock 12 will be
  -- From I-64 (either westbound or eastbound)
  -- Take Exit #264 to Interstate I-664 toward Downtown Newport News/ Suffolk
  -- Take Exit #5 (35th Street) to Warwick Boulevard
  -- Travel approximately 3 miles on Warwick Boulevard
  -- Immediately after 69th Street, make a U-turn onto Huntington Avenue
  -- Merge into the right lane and continue to bear right on to Shipyard Drive
  -- Continue downhill and stay straight, then follow signs to media parking
RSVP: Please RSVP by noon on Thursday, Oct. 10. Media must RSVP in advance to
  gain access to the shipyard. You must present a photo ID and be a U.S. citizen to
  be admitted into the shipyard.


Because this event will take place in an industrial environment, long pants and sturdy,
flat, closed-toed shoes are required (ex: hiking boots).

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy industry and other government customers. For more information, visit:

Danny Hernandez
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(202) 580-9086