State-of-the-art steel giant 1,106 feet 112,000 tons, USS Gerald R. Ford can carry out 220 air strikes a day from its two runways, holding 4,000 sailors and sailors while appearing nearly invisible to enemy radar. PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will be the lead ship of the class of United States Navy superships. As announced by the U.S. Navy on January 16, 2007, the ship was named after World War II, which includes combat missions aboard the light aircraft carrier Monterey in the Pacific Theater. Gerald R. Ford's spine was laid on November 13, 2009. Construction began on August 11, 2005, when Northrop Grumman arranged a ceremonial steel cut for a 15-tonne plate that would form part of the carrier's side shell unit. He was baptized on November 9, 2013. The program requires the ship to join the US Navy fleet in 2016.