Navy to christen aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford

Submitted by yvgeni on November 7th, 2013 at 6:42 AM
Title says it all; I assume the first Michigan Man to have aircraft carrier named after him.

Navy to Christen Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford
The Navy will christen its newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, Saturday, Nov. 9, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at the Huntington-Ingalls Industries Newport News shipyard, Newport News, Va.
Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Susan Ford Bales, daughter of the 38th President Gerald R. Ford, will serve as the ship's sponsor, break a champagne bottle against a plate welded to the hull, and officially christen the ship Gerald R. Ford.
The Gerald R. Ford, designated CVN 78, honors the late president who guided the nation through the end of the Vietnam War and the Bicentennial of American Independence. President Ford served aboard USS Monterey (CVL-26) in the Pacific during World War II, and was the first President to serve aboard an aircraft carrier.
"The christening of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) marks an important milestone in both the life of this ship and the development of our future fleet; a fleet built on the innovation that makes our Navy and Marine Corps team the finest expeditionary fighting force the world has ever known," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
Gerald R. Ford is the lead ship of the Gerald R. Ford class, the first new aircraft carrier design in more than 40 years. The Gerald R. Ford class will eventually replace all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. The Ford class is designed to provide increased warfighting capability with approximately 700 fewer crewmembers for decreased total ownership cost.
Ford will be the first aircraft carrier to deploy with the electromagentic aircraft launching system, advanced arresting gear, dual band radar, and all electric auxiliaries. Gerald R. Ford is designed for a 50-year service life with one mid-life refueling complex overhaul.
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True Blue Grit

November 7th, 2013 at 7:14 AM ^

The late President Ford and his family.  It's nice to honor former Presidents and famous statesmen in this way.  Unfortunately, there are very few people of Gerald Ford's caliber in today's government.


November 7th, 2013 at 8:45 AM ^, I direct your attention to this graphic that shows some of the significant technical improvements in the Ford Class over the Nimitz class. She's an engineering marvel.


November 7th, 2013 at 2:14 PM ^

a fix is in work, supposedly.

In order to land, however, one must be able to take off, and take off in all types of weather, not just beautiful sunny days.

The F-35C Lightning cannot even fly within 25 miles of lightning out of fear of an internal explosion!  How's that for irony?


November 7th, 2013 at 6:24 PM ^

The F-35B, the STOVL variant (short take off and landing)... was completing Sea Trials this past summer off of the U.S.S. Wasp. Still a long way to go for these airframes though. However, it's to be expected with a new weapons platform. The F-18 had issues of it's own, and eventually they worked everything out. Lets hope it's the same with the F-35. Otherwise, we're going to have some serious problems down the road.


November 7th, 2013 at 1:53 PM ^

One of the training aircraft carriers that was stationed on the great lakes during WWII was named the USS Wolverine.  I believe there used to be an LST named USS Washtenaw County.  I am going to guess there may be a Destroyer or Frigate named after a Michigan person.  There is also the USS Michigan (former Ballistic Missile submarine now cruise missile sub).

03 Blue 07

November 7th, 2013 at 4:38 PM ^

I read the headline. Immediate internal monologue: "Fuck yeah they are." Then, immediately thereafter "God, it's great to hear something good again." Third thought: "Must share feeling."