Ford’s Keel

Crews lower the final keel section of the future USS Gerald R. Ford into place at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., May 24, 2012. The 680-metric-ton, 60-foot-tall lower bow unit was the last major section of the ship installed below the waterline. The Gerald R. Ford, now more than 75 percent structurally complete in the dry dock, is on schedule to launch in 2013.

Crews lower the final keel section of the future USS Gerald R. Ford into place at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., May 24, 2012. The 680-metric-ton, 60-foot-tall lower bow unit was the last major section of the ship installed below the waterline. The Gerald R. Ford, now more than 75 percent structurally complete in the dry dock, is on schedule to launch in 2013.