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Next-generation aircraft carrier taking shape in Newport News

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Shipyard workers watch as the lower bow section of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is lowered into position at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., on Thursday. The first-of-its class aircraft carrier will be the nation's 11th in service once it is delivered to the Navy in 2015.

Steve Helber / AP

A shipyard worker stands in the lower hull as the lower bow section of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is lowered into position at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Thursday.

Steve Helber / AP

The lower bow section of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is lowered into position at Newport News Shipbuilding.

According to Wikipedia, this carrier's two nuclear power plants will give it unlimited range for about 20 years.

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