July 21, 2017

The U.S. Navy's most advanced warship will join the fleet on Saturday

Source: The Virginian Pilot

Journalist: Steve Earley

Greg Willard remembers the excitement in his former boss’s voice when he called to share the news.

It was early November 2006 and Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter had summoned Willard to the Pentagon to discuss naming the country’s next aircraft carrier, now known to the world as the Gerald R. Ford.

“The president was so excited, almost ebullient, even though his health was fading, to know that this ship was going to be named for him,” Willard, who worked as a staff assistant to Ford, said earlier this week.

Read the full article at The Virginian-Pilot.


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