First-Cut-of-Steel Event for Aircraft Carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) at Newport News Shipbuilding

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division will hold a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event to kick off construction of the new aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80), the third ship of the Gerald R. Ford class. The ceremony is one of the very first construction milestones in the life of a ship. Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky, the ship’s sponsors, will participate in the event, along with shipbuilders, members of the U.S. Navy and local officials. CVN 80 will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier. Designed to replace Nimitz-class…

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