NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) will pin 37 new chief petty officers in a ceremony to be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach.
In unique ceremonies around the world, nearly 4,700 Sailors became chief petty officers this past Friday as they pinned anchors and advanced to the rank of Chief. Ford's ceremony was postponed until tomorrow due to last week's threat of Hurricane Florence.
The scheduled featured speaker is former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Duane R. Bushey, the Navy's seventh MCPON, while guest speakers are scheduled to include Ford's Commanding Officer, Capt. John J. Cummings; and Ford's Command Master Chief, Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Laura Nunley.
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is a first-in-class aircraft carrier, and the first new aircraft carrier designed in over 40 years. The Sailors who serve aboard Ford are tasked with ensuring the ship, and eventually her embarked airwing and the strike group are ready to support national tasking when called upon by the President.
The ship is currently undergoing a 12-month post-shakedown availability and maintenance period at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding.