November 8th, 2013 05:58 PM ET
By Larry Shaughnessy

The U.S. Navy enters the 22nd century on Saturday.

In Newport News, Virginia, the Navy will christen its newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford.

This nuclear-powered ship is the first of a new class of at least 10 carriers that the Navy expects will be steaming the seas, protecting the United States well into the next century.

The Ford itself is projected to stay in service until 2057.