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CHIPS Articles: Naval Air Force Atlantic announces Commissioning for Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

Naval Air Force Atlantic announces Commissioning for Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
Public invited to request tickets to commissioning ceremony
By Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs - June 26, 2017
The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, will join the fleet Saturday, July 22 at 10:00 A.M. at Naval Station Norfolk when the ship is officially commissioned United States Ship (USS) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

One of the time-honored traditions in American history is the christening and commissioning of a capital ship of the Navy, which began with USS Alfred in 1775. Maritime lore has held for centuries that the spirit of the ship's sponsor enters the vessel at christening and remains with it forever.

On November 9, 2013, Susan Ford Bales the daughter of President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford and ship's sponsor christened PCU Gerald R. Ford. Once commissioned, it becomes a ship of the line, this will pay lasting tribute to the life, achievements and Presidency of her father the 38th President of the United States.

For general admission tickets, please go to the following website: www.ussgeraldrfordcommissioning.org.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Nov. 09 2013) Ship's Sponsor Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford, christens the Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding. Ford is the first of a new class of aircraft carriers replacing the Nimitz-class carriers launched in 1972.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua J. Wahl/Released
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Nov. 09 2013) Ship's Sponsor Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford, christens the Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding. Ford is the first of a new class of aircraft carriers replacing the Nimitz-class carriers launched in 1972. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua J. Wahl/Released

NORFOLK (May 22, 2017) The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (PCU 78), left, and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) sit pierside at Naval Station Norfolk. Dwight D. Eisenhower is pierside during the sustainment phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP).  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released
NORFOLK (May 22, 2017) The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (PCU 78), left, and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) sit pierside at Naval Station Norfolk. Dwight D. Eisenhower is pierside during the sustainment phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released
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