The $12.9 billion vessel, the first of its class, has been under construction since 2009 and was delivered to the Navy last month. It will serve as a lasting tribute to Grand Rapids’ favorite son.
The Ford is the first new class of aircraft carrier created since 1975.
Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales, the ship’s sponsor, has been a part of the project from the beginning — as early as 2006. She said she is looking forward not only to the final ceremony but also to seeing the ship in action.
“I’m excited for her to be deployed and for the country to count on her and to be part of whatever activities are going on and reading about her in the paper and seeing her picture when she’s out there fighting for America. That’s what I’m looking forward to,” Bales said.