Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), is expected to join the U.S. Navy's fleet this fall. It cost $12.9 billion and is the first warship of its kind. The supercarrier is 1,100 feet long with 25 decks tall, and when it enters the water about 112,000 tons of water is displaced.
Construction started in 2005 in Virginia at the Newport News shipbuilding grounds. Power is derived from a pairing of new-generation nuclear reactors. The ship will reach top speed of over 30 knots (55 kmh) in ideal conditions.
The vessel will carry a crew of 4,660 people and is expected to make over 50 years of active service.