Photo Release -- Time Capsule Placed on Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) to Memorialize
Carrier Namesake's Lifetime Achievements
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., July 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division welded a time
capsule today inside the flight deck control room of the nuclear-powered
aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The time capsule contains items that
were placed under the 555-metric ton island during a ceremonial event in
January by Susan Ford Bales, the ship's sponsor and daughter of the late
president, as well as shipyard and Navy leadership.
Ford Time Capsule
NNS welder Shaun Woroneski (left) welds
a time capsule containing commemorative
items into the island of the aircraft
carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) while
NNS fitter Jerry Womack looks on. Photo
by John Whalen
A photo accompanying this release is available at
"This Navy tradition is even more special today because it's happening three
days before what would have been President Ford's 100^th birthday," said Rolf
Bartschi, NNS' vice president, CVN 78 carrier construction. "Among the items
are those that commemorate President Ford's lifetime achievements. We are
proud to honor him, and we feel privileged to provide the ship's force with
such an important piece of our nation's history."
During the island-landing event in January, Ford Bales placed a sandstone
piece made of the same stone used in the construction of the White House and
the U.S. Capitol. The piece was embedded with a unique coin she designed, as
well as five official seals representing her father's service to the nation.
The sandstone and other items placed under the island by shipyard and Navy
leadership were sealed inside a steel time capsule along with a description of
the items and the Navy tradition.
Gerald R. Ford's primary hull structure reached 100 percent structural
completion in May, bringing more than three years of structural erection work
to a close. Work continues on the ship, including the piping and electrical
systems and the habitability areas such as the galley and mess spaces.
Shipbuilders are also in the process of painting the hull prior to the ship's
christening, scheduled for Nov. 9.
Capt. John F. Meier assumed command of the ship on July 8. "Gerald R. Ford was
first and foremost a man of integrity, and he was also a man of humility," he
said at the event. "What a great ideal for today's sailor and today's
shipbuilder and truly for all of us as a nation."
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also
provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy
industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
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