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An honor guard of boy scouts from the local area and Michigan welcome visitors for the christening of the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at the shipyard in Newport News, Va., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Former President Ford's daughter Susan Ford Bales will christen the ship. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Navy christens next generation of aircraft carrier

November 9, 2013

The Navy christened the USS Gerald Ford on Saturday with the traditional smashing of a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the ship — the most technologically advanced aircraft carrier the United States has built.

The Ford is the lead ship in the Navy's next class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. It's designed to get more fighter planes in the sky in less time and to be ready to incorporate unmanned aircraft into its air wing. It's the first carrier redesign in four decades and is scheduled to join the fleet in 2016. (Associated Press)