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Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's newest surface warfare officer (SWO).

Capt. John F. Meier, commanding officer of the Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), speaks to local media on the ship's flight deck during a time capsule welding event.

Shaun Worones, a Newport News Shipbuilding welder, seals the cover to an island landing time capsule aboard the Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Chief petty officer selectees assigned to the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning (PCU) Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) participate in the

Chief petty officer selectees assigned to the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning (PCU) Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) participate in the

Floating of PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Floating of PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Floating of PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Floating of PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Floating of PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Floating of PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

ervice members, their families and guests move past a row of boy scouts from Michigan's Gerald R. Ford Council prior to the start of the Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) christening ceremony.

Service members, crew, their families and distinguished guests bow their heads as Navy Capt. Jerome Hinson gives a benediction during the Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) christening ceremony.

The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship's launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing.

Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Terry Bright and Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Lacey Jones, assigned to the Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), sort donated food at Union Mission Ministries food pantry.

Boatswain's Mate Seaman Recruit Daniel Banks, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), stands as the port lookout during a simulated bridge training exercise at Fort Eustis.

Logistics Specialist 1st Class Gregory Chery, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), sorts Sailor's mail abord the ship.

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class David Kerley, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), sorts mail inside the ship's mailroom.

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Mikayla Caselman and Logistics Specialist Seamn Dane Harris, both assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), work the customer service windows of the ship's mailroom.

The Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Sailors attempt to cycle carts around cones while wearing goggles that simulated alcohol impairment during the command's 2015 Safety Expo at Huntington Hall.

A sled moves along the flight deck of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), during a test of the ship's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

As part of a joint test group, Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) prepare to launch a 16,000 lbs. sled from the ship's flight deck using the ship's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

A 16,000 lbs. sled lands in the James River, following a successful launch from Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

Capt. John F. Meier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), cuts a ribbon during the ship store's grand opening ceremony.

Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) track inventory while issuing new network computers for shipboard offices.

Lt. Cmdr. James Sullivan, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), has his new rank pinned on by his son at a promotion ceremony at Victory Landing Park.

Chief petty officer selectees assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) participate in the Yorktown Heritage Pride Run as part of CPO 365 phase two.

Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) take the Navy-wide advancement exam for petty officer 2nd class.

Chief Engineman Stephen Payton, assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), receives his cover during a pinning ceremony held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

Capt. John F. Meier, commanding officer of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), hosts a luncheon for 11 recently promoted chief petty officers.

The Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) First Class Petty Officers' Association serves lunch to Sailors in the ship's galley.

The Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) First Class Petty Officers Association serves lunch to Sailors in the ship's galley.

The Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) First Class Petty Officers Association serves lunch to Sailors in the ship's galley.

Boatswain's mates from USS George Washington (CVN 73) and Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) secure the port-side anchor during an anchoring evolution off the coast of Valparaiso, Chile.

Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Sailors begin the 1.5-mile run during the semiannual physical readiness test (PRT) at Fort Story.

Sailors in Air Department's V-1 Division aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) unload boxes in preparation for phase two of the crew certification process.

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) first class petty officers take the 2016 Navy-wide chief petty officer advancement exam.

Sailors in Air Department's V-1 Division aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) unload boxes in preparation for phase two of the crew certification process.

Capt. Matthew McNally, dental officer aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), performs a dental exam on Cmdr. Robert Jones, Ford's chaplain.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Robert Coleman, a certified radiological technician onboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford, analyzes the results of Ford's first-ever onboard X-ray of a patients ankle.

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) Damage Control Training Team conducts firehose training during a general quarters drill.

A sled moves along the flight deck of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a test of the waist launchers that comprise part of the ship's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

A sled moves along the flight deck of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a test of the waist catapults that comprise part of the ship's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

A sled moves along the flight deck of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a test of the waist catapults that comprise part of the ship's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

A sled moves along the flight deck of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a test of the waist launchers that comprise part of the ship's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) chief petty officers and first class petty officers compete during their monthly CPO 365 boat crew olympics.

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) chief petty officers and first class petty officers compete during their monthly CPO 365 boat crew olympics.

Machinist Mate 1st Class Joshua Scheib, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), talks with USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo during a scheduled ship visit.

Rear Adm. Thomas Moore interacts with Sailors during lunch aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas tours Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) bridge with Capt. John F. Meier, the commanding officer of the ship.

Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas tours the flight deck of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) with Capt. John F. Meier, the commanding officer of the ship, and Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding employees.

Capt. John F. Meier, Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CNV 78) commanding officer, addresses the crew in real time from his in-port cabin using the remote Shipboard Information Training and Entertainment (SITE) TV system.

Sailors in Air Department's V-3 Division onboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) line-up during general quarters on the flight deck.

Sailors in Air Department's V-3 Division onboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) practice hose handling during general quarters in the hangar bay.

Medical teams, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), conduct medical training during a General Quarters exercise.

Medical teams, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), conduct medical training during a General Quarters exercise.

Sailors in Air Department's V-3 Division onboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) practice hose handling during general quarters in the hangar bay.

Fire Controlmen 2nd Class Jaemond-Joemart Reyes and Shelby Edson assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) work on the Close in Weapon System in the Combat Direction Center.

Operations Specialist 1st class and Operations Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Valdo assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) put sono buoys into the ship self defense system in the Combat Direction Center.

Capt. John F. Meier, commanding officer of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), addresses Sailors of the Quarter, their mentors and proteges during a luncheon honoring this quarter's awardees.

A bronze statue honoring President Gerald R. Ford is unveiled aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a ceremony in the ship's hanger bay.

Capt. John F. Meier, Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) commanding officer, and Capt. Richard McCormack, Ford's prospective commanding officer, shake hands prior to a luncheon in the in port cabin

Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) chief petty officers stand in formation during a statue unveiling in the ship's hangar bay.

Capt. John F. Meier, commanding officer of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), gives a speech during a statue unveiling in the ship's hangar bay.

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Ship Sponsor Susan Ford Bales, unveils a statue of her father, the ship's namesake, Gerald R. Ford in the ship's hangar bay.

A bronze statue honoring President Gerald R. Ford is unveiled aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a ceremony in the ship's hanger bay.

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Ship Sponsor Susan Ford Bales and Commanding Officer Capt. John F. Meier admire the bronze statue honoring President Gerald R. Ford is unveiled during a ceremony in the ship's hanger bay.

Pre-commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) statue unveiling ceremony aboard the ship.

Capt. John F. Meier, commanding officer of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), hosts a luncheon in his inport cabin with Susan Ford Bales, ship sponsor, Greg Willard, co-chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Commissioning Committee.

Pre-Commissioning U Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Ship Sponsor Susan Ford Bales, gives a speech during a statue unveiling in the ship's hangar bay.

Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) present the colors during a statue unveiling ceremony aboard the ship.

Capt. Richard McCormack, left, assumes command of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) from Capt. John F. Meier during a change of command in the ship's hangar bay

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) chief petty officers pin anchors on Commanding Officer Capt. John F. Meier during a change of command held in the hangar bay.

Susan Ford Bales, ship sponsor, presents autographed ship photos to members of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) command choir.

Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) bow their heads as a benediction is given during a change of command ceremony in the ship's hangar bay

Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Elizabeth Thompson, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), writes the dinner menu in the mess decks onboard the ship.

Capt. Richard McCormack, commanding officer of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), explains how the ship's flight deck works to Dr. C. Brown, Development Test and Evaluation, during a tour of Ford's spaces.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Gregory Welch, assigned Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), restocks snacks in the ship's mess decks.

Dr. C. Brown, Development Test and Evaluation, learns how Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) ammunition elevators function.

Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) prepare to run firefighting drills during a General Quarters drill.

Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), charge forward during Ford's Second Class Petty Officer's Association (SCPOA) dodgeball game.

Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) practice firefighting techniques on the flight deck during a General Quarters drill.

During a General Quarters training exercise, Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) medical response team, train in how to properly care for a sucking-chest wound.

Lt. j.g. Ajibade Olatokunbo, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), trains Ensign Michael Cassidy during a General Quarters drill.

Quartermaster 2nd Class Akita Hare, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), conducts navigation simulator training at Afloat Training Group (ATG) Norfolk.

Norma Bauerschmidt poses with her family on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Norma Bauerschmidt, a 91-year-old World War II veteran and member of Women Accepted for Voluntary Service (WAVES), takes her first steps in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Norma Bauerschmidt poses with her family and Sailors and shipbuilders on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Norma Bauerschmidt speaks to Sailors and Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding employees aboard the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Norma Bauerschmidt, a 91-year-old World War II veteran and member of Women Accepted for Voluntary Service (WAVES), tries on her new Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) command ball cap during a tour of the aircraft carrier.

Information Systems Technician Seaman Britain Weaver assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) runs on a treadmill in the ship's cardio gym.

Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) move furniture during a community relations project at Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Cmdr. Ed Plott, air boss, Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has his height recorded before taking the Physical Readiness Test.

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) color guard parades the colors during a retirement ceremony in the ship's fo'c'sle.

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Safety Officer Cmdr. Robert Lusk speaks to the crew as part of the ship's 2016 Summer Safety Expo in Newport News.

Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) learn about motorcycle safety during Ford's Summer Safety Expo at Huntington Hall.

Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Executive Officer Capt. Paul F. Campagna opens the ship's 2016 Summer Safety Expo at Huntington Hall.

Cmdr. Robert Lusk, Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) safety officer, kicks off the ship's 2016 Summer Safety Expo at Huntington Hall.

Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, Program Executive Officer, Littoral Combat Ships, meets and talks with sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a tour of the ships spaces.

The sun rises over Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), marking the beginning of the second day of Fast Cruise.