Navy starts construction on new carrier

Friday - 2/25/2011, 2:31pm EST

The Navy began construction on its newest aircraft carrier today. The "first cut of steel" ceremony took place in Newport News and the steel plate will be used in the construction of the yet-to-be named carrier.

A Ford-class carrier, the ship with save $5 billion in maintenance costs over its 50-year service life, and contains several advanced technology systems as compared to the Nimitz-class carriers.

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