Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

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  • The sun rises over Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), marking the beginning of the second day of Fast Cruise. Ford is conducting a three-day Fast Cruise to familiarize the crew with the ship's systems for an extended period of time.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Carter (Released)  160608-N-TF680-001
  • Tug boats maneuver the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship's turn ship evolution. This is a major milestone that brings the country's newest aircraft carrier another step closer to delivery and commissioning later this year.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell (Released)  160611-N-ZE240-178
  • Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Elizabeth Thompson, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), writes the dinner menu in the mess decks onboard the ship. Ford is currently under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cathrine Mae O. Campbell (Released)  160412-N-ZE240-009
  • Capt. John F. Meier, Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) commanding officer, and Capt. Richard McCormack, Ford's prospective commanding officer, shake hands prior to a luncheon in the in port cabin. The luncheon was held before the unveiling of a statute honoring Ford's naval service. This image was altered for security purpose by blurring out security badges.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patrick Grieco (Released)  160407-N-YW238-040
  • Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Ship Sponsor Susan Ford Bales, unveils a statue of her father, the ship's namesake, Gerald R. Ford in the ship's hangar bay. Bales, sculptor J. Brett Grill, and representatives of Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, where the ship is currently under construction attended the event. The statue depicts Gerald R. Ford holding a sextant and looking out over the water in memory of his naval service during World War Two.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Litzenberger (Released)  160407-N-IX020-073
  • Capt. Richard McCormack, left, assumes command of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) from Capt. John F. Meier during a change of command in the ship's hangar bay.  Ford is the first of a new class of aircraft carriers currently under construction by Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cathrine Mae O. Campbell (Released)  160408-N-ZE240-172
  • Sailors in Air Department's V-3 Division onboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) practice hose handling during general quarters in the hangar bay. This ship-wide general quarters drill focused on damage control and emergency responses and is a significant step in certifying the crew as they train to fight and take delivery of the ship.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Litzenberger (Released)  160310-N-IX020-017
  • Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) chief petty officers pin anchors on Commanding Officer Capt. John F. Meier during a change of command held in the hangar bay. The ship's chiefs mess pinned Meier as an honorary chief for his dedication to his Sailors throughout his career.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Litzenberger (Released)  160408-N-IX020-037

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