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.