Navy crew moves aboard aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford

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Newport News, Va. – The Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier’s Navy crew moved aboard the ship Monday and had their first meal prepared in the ship’s galley.

The Ford is currently in the final stages of construction and testing at Newport News Shipbuilding.

Susan Ford Bales, who serves as Ship’s Sponsor, helped serve a meal of prime rib, crab legs, shrimp, salmon and a 7-foot-long cake made to look like an aircraft carrier.

Approximately 1,600 Sailors are now living, eating and working aboard the ship, according to the Ford’ commanding officer, Capt. John F. Meier.

“Our crew is fully aligned with Newport News Shipbuilding in executing the test program to deliver Gerald R. Ford next spring,” he says.

Compared to Nimitz-class carriers with berthing units that sleep up to 200 sailors, the Ford will have quieter berthing areas sleeping no more than 86 people. Each berthing features an adjoining washroom. Sailors will also have access to separate recreation areas, multiple gymnasiums and more air conditioning.

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