USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Story Archive

Ford Perfects Sustainability at Sea with First Vertical Replenishment  (26 March 2020)
After 14 days at sea conducting flight operations and multiple certifications, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its first vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters.
Ford's Combat Systems put to the Test  (7 April 2020)
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) recently completed testing of vital combat systems while underway in the Atlantic Ocean.
Readying Fleet Aviators: Ford Prepares Pilots for Deployment  (12 April 2020)
The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) concluded its first-ever Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ) for Naval aviators while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, April 4.
USS Gerald R. Ford Finds Center of Gravity With Rare Inclining Test  (21 April 2020)
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) pulled away from the pier for three hours into the Elizabeth River to conduct a rare weighted inclining experiment, April 16.
Carrier Strike Group 12 Holds Change of Command  (8 May 2020)
Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, May 7.
109 Years of Naval Aviation: Inspiring Legacy and Future  (11 May 2020)
Every year on May 8 United States naval aviators pause to commemorate the birth of naval aviation and reflect on the numerous milestones accomplished by their predecessors.
In-port Preparations Propel Ford Toward Another Post-Delivery Milestone  (12 May 2020)
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) progresses toward another major milestone during the ship's 10th window of opportunity for maintenance (WOO) 10, ensuring mission readiness for their upcoming independent steaming event (ISE).
Ford Commences Second Round of Carrier Qualifications  (14 May 2020)
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the only carrier qualification (CQ) asset regularly available on the East Coast this year, commenced its second round of CQs for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) pilots May 10, with a healthy and mission focused crew.
VAW-117 Carrier Qualifies on Ford, Transitions to E-2D Advanced Hawkeye  (14 May 2020)
The Navy's newest and most technologically-advanced aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), contributed to another milestone for naval aviation during carrier qualifications (CQ) for the "Wallbangers" of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW-117) May 12.
Stores Elevators on Ford Increase Operational Proficiencies   (18 May 2020)
The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) full pallet capable stores elevators design significantly reduces crew workload and provides access to almost all of supply department's storage compartments which reduces the time it takes to on-load stores. These elevators were ...
Crew of USS Gerald R. Ford Reflects on Fallen Service Members This Memorial Day  (25 May 2020)
While the crew of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) works hard, steaming in the Atlantic Ocean for its fourth independent steaming event this year, Americans across the country celebrate Memorial Day, May 25.
Carrier Air Wing Eight, Ford Announce Cyclic Operations with Ordnance  (2 June 2020)
The Commanding Officer of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Capt. J.J. Cummings and Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Capt. Josh Sager, announced the largest air wing embark to date, and Ford's first ordnance movement from a lower deck magazine to F/A-18E Super Hornets using Ford's ...
Ford's Motor Rewind: A Ship's Repair Capability  (11 June 2020)
In a tiny shop, considered to be 'out of sight, out of mind,' electricians assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) work tirelessly to establish another first for the ship's afloat intermediate maintenance activity (IMA) repair capability. ...
Sailor Saves Lives on Land  (1 July 2020)
"Ship, Shipmate, Self." This is a well-known phrase used throughout the Navy. It teaches Sailors in times of casualty or emergency that you use all the training provided to you, to save your ship. Once you have prevented further damage to your ship you focus on your shipmates, ...

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