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[Susan Ford Bales and Captain John Meier serve the first meal aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford | Photo by Chirs Oxley/HII ]

Ship Sponsor and Foundation Trustee Susan Ford Bales joined 240 sailors as the crew officially moved aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier on August 3, 2015. The USS Gerald R. Ford is in the final phase of construction at the Newport News Shipyard in Virginia. While onboard, Susan spent time with the officers and crew of the ship and continued her extraordinary personal involvement and support of her fellow shipbuilders and the crew.

Susan joined CVN 78 Commanding Officer Captain John Meier in serving the first meal to the crew which consisted of prime rib, crab legs, shrimp, salmon and a 7-foot-long cake that was a replica of the USS Gerald R. Ford. Following lunch, Susan spent several hours touring the ship and the shipyard and assisted in construction activities along the way with her fellow shipbuilders.

CVN 78 is the US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier in the new carrier class, the Ford Class. Preparations are being made for the carrier’s its 2016 Commissioning ( www.USSGeraldRFordCommissioning.org ).

To read more about the crew move aboard, please visit: http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/releases/ford-move-aboard

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