Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum hosts live coverage of USS Ford "island landing" installation
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Patrick Center January 25, 2013 | WGVU
The Navy’s shipyard at Newport News, Virginia will be the center of attention as the navigation bridge and flight operations center will be lowered into place atop the USS Gerald R. Ford.
“They have the largest crane in the hemisphere there and they actually assemble the ships in parts.”
Joe Calvaruso is executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. He tells us the assembly will take about an hour to perform.
“President Ford was aware when he passed away in 2006 that an aircraft carrier was going to be named after him and the ceremony in Washington in January after he passed away with a public announcement of the aircraft carrier. Since then we had the keel laying a couple years ago and this is a ceremony in a series of ceremonies for this wonderful ship.”
Susan Ford Bales and Michael Ford, the daughter and son of the President and First Lady, Betty Ford, will attend. They’re inviting the public to watch live coverage of the “island landing” from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Saturday morning with free cake for all who attend.
The ship is the first in a new class of nuclear powered aircraft carriers. It will be christened later this year with the ultimate celebration taking place when the USS Ford is commissioned in 2015.
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