January 30, 2013

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Navy photograph by PO1 Nathanael Miller

Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, shows a photographer the coins he will place under the future nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78)island during the island landing ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding. The island-landing ceremony marks the final super-lift in the construction process for the ship as the 555-metric ton island is lifted into place on the ship’s flight deck, and several mementoes will be placed under the island in keeping with ancient shipbuilding traditions. The Gerald R. Ford is the first is a new class of aircraft carriers, and is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2015.




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