Naval historians will enjoy viewing photos and reading about the restoration of “Old Ironsides” as well as the introduction of Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) to the fleet as the eventual replacement for the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65). First, from the Naval History and Heritage Command’s website:
“USS Constitution, America’s Ship of State, entered the Charlestown Navy Yard’s Dry Dock 1 the night of May 18, 2015 for a 26-month dry docking and restoration period….The ship will be undocked the night of July 23rd. As preparations are underway to refloat Constitution at the close of her first 21st century dry docking, here is a look back at some of the work that was accomplished,” and second, also from NHHC:
“Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) was laid down on 14 November 2009 at Newport News, Va., by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding; launched on 17 November 2013; sponsored by Mrs. Susan E. Ford Bales, daughter of the ship’s namesake; stood out for her builder’s sea trials on 8 April 2017; and was delivered to the Navy on 31 May 2017.”
The full NHHC articles are available at CONSTITUTION and FORD.