Ford Class carrier?
June 17, 2006
I think I saw a blurb about this on the news when I was at work a couple of nights ago, but didn't see the details until I paid a visit to the Navy Times' website.
They report that President Gerald Ford's name may be on CVN-78, which will be the first carrier of the CVN-21 class. This of course, would make the class the Ford class (just as CVNs 68-77 are the Nimitz class).
Disappointing news to me as I had hoped that the name America would grace the first carrier of the new class. Of course, the members of the USS America Carrier Veterans Association feel the same way.
The article notes that this would be the third consecutive carrier named after a Republican president. It would have been worth pointing out that this would be the fourth consecutive named after a president and that the first of the four, USS Harry Truman, was originally named United States.