More than 100 Sailors from the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) attended a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, May 15, to officially establish the crew of the first Ford class aircraft carrier and open the building where they will work while the ship is constructed.
The crew of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) continue to experience historic firsts in the life of the Navy's newest class of aircraft carrier, the latest of which is the creation of the ship's crest.
With the strike of a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow by the ship's sponsor, the Navy christened its newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class, Nov. 9, in a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.
One of the perks of serving aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford is the opportunity to be reenlisted by a president's daughter. Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford, and the ship's sponsor, administered the oath of enlistment to 24 members of the crew, Nov. 8.
"Every night I heard gun shots. My mother was in jail for drugs. I never knew my father. I was raised by relatives, and went from home to home as one by one they got tired of caring for me. I knew I had to make a change, or I was going to end up a single mother, a criminal, or a corpse."
The Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), departed Naval Station Norfolk on Sunday, July 15, 2018 to begin a post-shakedown availability (PSA) period at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia.