On May 3, 1975, the U.S Navy commissioned USS Nimitz (CVN 68) into service at the Norfolk Naval Base. Her commissioning marked the beginning of a new class of aircraft carriers. President Gerald R. Ford spoke eloquently at the event.
In his remarks, Ford declared, “Wherever the United States Ship Nimitz shows her flag, she will be seen as we see her now, a solid symbol of United States strength, United States resolve—made in America and manned by Americans.”
For nearly forty years, Nimitz — named for Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, a five-star admiral during World War II — and her crew have patrolled the globe projecting power and peace.
Later this year the U.S. Navy will christen Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first carrier in the new Ford class, the next generation of aircraft carriers. Its unique engineering and design innovations increase mission effectiveness, reduce workload for sailors and lower operating costs for the U.S. Navy.
Learn more about the legacy of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
Read the full remarks of President Ford’s speech.
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