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USS Somerset Commissioning Ceremony

The Ingalls-built amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Somerset (LPD 25) transits the Gulf of Mexico during builder's sea trials, Aug. 19, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. by Steve Blount/Released)

USS Somerset was commissioned during a ceremony held March 1 in Philadelphia, Pa. Somerset is named in honor of the courageous passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pa., in Somerset County during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Designated LPD-25, Somerset is the ninth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship.   …

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Navy’s Most Advanced Aircraft Carrier Ready for Christening

Newport News Shipbuilding begins flooding Dry Dock 12 to float the first in class aircraft carrier, Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

By Rear Adm. Tom Moore Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) will be christened Saturday in Newport News, Va., by Mrs. Susan Ford Bales, CVN 78’s sponsor and daughter of the late president. The christening of the ship comes after more than 12 years of …

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PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) – Building a Giant

Newport News Shipbuilding employees decorate the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in ceremonial attire for its scheduled christening Nov 9.

Newport News Shipbuilding will christen the nation’s newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a ceremony on-site where the ship is being constructed on Saturday, November 9, 2013. President Gerald R. Ford was the 38th President of the United States. His daughter, Susan Ford Bales, will serve as the ship’s …

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PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) – Ready For the Future

Newport News Shipbuilding begins flooding Dry Dock 12 to float the first in class aircraft carrier, Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, Newport News Shipbuilding will christen the nation’s newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a ceremony on-site where the ship is being constructed. President Gerald R. Ford was the 38th President of the United States. His daughter, Susan Ford Bales, will serve as the ship’s …

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Nearly 60 Years On, America’s Nuclear Subs Remain Technological Marvels

n this file photo taken Jan. 21, 1954, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus (SSN 571) slips into the Thames River.

By Lt. Cmdr. Ben Amdur Officer in Charge of the Historic Ship Nautilus (SSN 571) and the Director of the Submarine Force Museum On Nov. 2, 2013 Precommissioning Unit North Dakota (SSN 784) will be christened at the Electric Boat Ship Yard in Groton, Conn., launching the most advanced submarine in …

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