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Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

Gerald R. Ford, Jr., the 38th President of the United States. For additional information on the President’s life and his naval service during World War II, please see: http://www.history.navy.mil/bios/ford_gerald.htm.

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(CVN 78: displacement more than 90,000; length 1,092'; beam 256'; draft 39'; speed 30 knots; complement 4,297; armament RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), and Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS); aircraft 75+; class Gerald R. Ford)

Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was laid down on 14 November 2009 at Newport News, Va., by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding; christened on 9 November 2013; sponsored by Mrs. Susan E. Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford, Jr.; and is scheduled to commission in 2016, Capt. John F. Meier in command.

Ships seal The shipís crest incorporates symbols reminiscent of President Fordís life and legacy. A fleur-de-lis on the compass points north and symbolizes his rank of Eagle Scout. Thirty-eight stars surround the emblem to represent his tenure as the 38th President. Twenty six stars are a different color to note his service on board small aircraft carrier Monterey (CVL 26) during World War II. The crestís colors include blue and maize for his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Michigan, and blue and white from his time at Yale law school.
Starboard view of the Roosevelt at dock
An artist’s concept of how the ship will look as she makes a high speed turn.

Gerald R. Ford includes the new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and is slated to replace aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 65) in the fleet.

Detailed history under construction.


Last edited: 11/12/13
Mark L. Evans