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CVN 78
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USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the lead ship in the Ford-class of aircraft carrier, the first new class in more than 40 years, and will begin the phased replacement of Nimitz-class carriers.

CVN-78 honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service in the Navy, in the U.S. government and to the nation. During World War II, Ford attained the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy, serving on the light carrier USS Monterey (CVL 26). Ford became president and served in the country’s highest office from 1974-1977.


The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the most capable, adaptable, and lethal combat platform in the world, maintaining the Navy's capacity to project power on a global scale through sustained operations at sea.


Be a learning organization.
Advance naval capabilities.
Build and maintain capability.
Apply operational art on order.
Excellence across all warfighting capabilities.
Preserve capability through sound risk management.

Core Values



Tactical excellence
Operational contribution
Support embarked commands
Build and maintain relationships
Apply talent inside and outside the Strike Group

~CAPT Rick Burgess, USN

Latest News

Ford Host High Holy Days

Ford Completes Live-Fire

GRF Commences PIA

GRF Announces NMA awards

GRF Completes Full Ship Shock Trials

A Birthday Gift to the Nation - Warship 78

FORCM Chelberg Visits GRF

GRF Completes First Event as Part of Full Ship Shock Trials

GRF Sailor Selected as AB of the Year

Don't be a Lady be a Legend

GRF Completes First-ever 3M Inspection

GRF Successfully Completes Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials

DOT&E Reviews GRF Preparations for Full Ship Shock Trials

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