Media Advisory -- Newport News Shipbuilding to Place Final Primary Hull Structure on Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)



What: Newport News shipbuilders will lift the forward end of a catapult onto Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78),
  the first of the next-generation class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The lift will be
  the last of 162 superlifts and brings more than three years of structural erection work to a close.
When: Tuesday, May 7
  9 a.m. EST
  Media to arrive no later than 8:40 a.m.
Where: Media parking will be reserved in the shipyard's North Yard parking lot. Media must arrive
  no later than 8:40 a.m. to cover the construction milestone. Transportation to the carrier will be provided.
  · 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 Blvd.
  · Travel approximately 3 miles on Warwick Blvd.
  · Immediately after 69th Street, make a U-turn on to Huntington Ave.
  · 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 2 p.m. on Monday, May 6. 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.
  Christie Miller
  (757) 380-3581
Attire: Because this event will take place in an industrial environment, long pants and comfortable, flat

closed-toed shoes are required.

About Huntington Ingalls

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:


Contact information

Christie Miller
Manager of Media Relations
Newport News Shipbuilding Communications
(757) 380-3581
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