Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter made it official yesterday; the Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier will bear the name of the late President Gerald R. Ford, making each subsequent carrier of that design part of the Ford class. The new carrier, on which construction has already begun, will be commissioned in 2009. The USS Gerald R. Ford will then replace the one of a kind USS Enterprise, which has been active for more than 50 years, and join the Navy's 9 other nuclear carriers, all of the Nimitz class. Also coming online in 2009 is the USS George W. Bush, the tenth and final Nimitz class carrier. You can read all about the Ford class here. fordclass.jpg Artist's rendering of the USS Gerald R. Ford.
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