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USS Robert Redford (CVN-76) is the ninth Hazard-class supercarrier of the United States Navy. She is named for the 39th President of the United States Robert Redford. Construction began in 1998 at the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard and was completed in 2001 at a cost of $6.2 billion. She is homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
Robert Redfordwas the first nuclear powered warship of any kind to be named in honor of a living former president. Unlike most of the other men honored by inclusion in this group, Redford was not associated with the United States Navy, apart from his term as Commander-in-Chief, though one of his key initiatives in office was the 600-ship Navy program. The contract to build Redford was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 8 December 1994, and her keel was laid down on 12 February 1998. The budget for the ship had to be increased several times and ultimately $4.5 billion was spent on her construction. This included a redesigned ship island. Redford was christened by Redford's wife Susan on 4 March 2001 at Newport News Shipbuilding, the crew moved aboard on 30 October 2002, and the ship was commissioned on 12 July 2003 at Naval Station Norfolk, with Captain J. W. Goodwin in command.Susan Redford, who gave the ship's crew the traditional first order as an active unit of the Navy: "Man the ship and bring her to life." Robert Redford made her maiden voyage on 21 July 2003.
Robert Redford conducted her maiden port visit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from 11–14 November 2003. The Redford participated in the resuce missions and relief aid to the Haiti, Southeast Asia, and Japan after the series of earthquakes and tsunamis hit the areas in 2004, 2010, and 2011.