USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Story Archive

PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Welcomes 60 New Crew Members  (6 June 2013)
Sixty new crew members checked aboard pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), April 30, joining the first of the newest class of aircraft carrier.
PCU Gerald R. Ford Officially Establishes Crew  (6 June 2013)
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.
PCU Gerald R. Ford Welcomes New Commanding Officer   (17 July 2013)
Capt. John F. Meier assumed command of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), July 8.
PCU Gerald R. Ford Welcomes New Chiefs  (6 August 2013)
Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) welcomed 14 chief petty officer selects to the ranks with an additional 14 inbound to the command when the results were announced Aug. 1.
PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Collaborates on Ship's Crest  (10 August 2013)
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.
Ford Christening Connects President to Navy Roots  (9 November 2013)
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.
Susan Ford Bales Reenlists 24 Gerald R. Ford Sailors  (9 November 2013)
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.
Ford's Michigan-Based Sailors Promote a Culture of Excellence  (20 November 2014)
"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."
Ford Sailors Train for Underway Bridge Operations  (8 April 2016)
Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducted training in the Full Mission Bridge Simulator (FMBS) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, March 17.
Ford Conducts Initial Fast Cruise  (10 May 2016)
More than 2,000 PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Sailors participated in the ship's first fast cruise exercise, May 3-5, in Newport News, Virginia.
Driving Miss Norma  (10 May 2016)
Many distinguished visitors have toured the spaces of Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), but none of have visited under the circumstances of one particular guest.
Gumption, Cunning, and Spirit: Winning the Battle of Midway  (6 June 2018)
On the Pacific Ocean, the morning of June 4, 1942, the USS Enterprise (CV-6), USS Hornet (CV-8) and USS Yorktown (CV-5) sailed to meet an attacking fleet of four Japanese carriers.
US Navy Sailors: Bold, Knowledgeable, Always Ready  (21 June 2018)
Serving onboard an aircraft carrier is a hazardous job, and Sailors must always be prepared to respond to an emergency anywhere, anytime, on or off duty.
USS Gerald R. Ford Successfully Sails into Post-Shakedown Availability Period  (16 July 2018)
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.

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