ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The crew aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) laid a wreath in the ocean during a Battle of Midway Commemoration Ceremony at sea, June 6, marking the battle's 76th anniversary.
"It is the legacy that our grandfathers and great grandfathers left as a testimony of the fighting spirit of what has become known as the greatest generation," said Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Bailey. "None of it could have happened without the honor, courage and commitment of Sailors just like you."
During the Battle of Midway, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV 5) was lost along with USS Hammann (DD 412) and approximately 300 Sailors. This fact hit home with the crew of USS George H.W. Bush who recognized not only the sacrifice of the Sailors who died but also the revolution in naval warfare that those Sailors brought to life.
"The Battle of Midway marked a technical revolution in displacing traditional naval gunfire with naval carrier airpower as a primary means of delivering ordnance, elevating the aircraft carrier as the premier platform for the projection of naval power at sea," said Bailey. "The story of our air superiority at Midway has become the stuff of legend, of great seas stories, and yet, it all happened."
While many across the Navy celebrate the memory of the Battle of Midway, crews of the country's aircraft carriers hold a special connection to the battle because of its place in naval aviation history.
"We honor the memory of 'those who have gone before' with this wreath, but even after the ceremony has concluded, we will continue to honor our shipmates through our efforts and example across the deckplates," said Bailey.
GHWB is underway conducting routine training exercises to maintain carrier readiness.
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