On July 21, 1990, USS George Washington (CVN 73) was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding. To mark the celebration, First Lady Barbara Bush smashed a bottle of champagne across the bow of the ship, the fourth ship to bear the Founding Father’s name and the sixth ship of the Nimitz-class. In his remarks during the christening ceremony, President George H. W. Bush said, “Let the George Washington proclaim America’s commitment to remain free forever.”
Since USS George Washington’s commissioning by the U.S. Navy — two years after its christening — the ship and its crews have projected power and peace as it patrols the seas. Today USS George Washington is forward-deployed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region with its #USNavy crew striving to live up to the ship’s motto “Spirit of Freedom.”
Recognizing the rich history of shipbuilding at Newport News, President Bush said during his christening address, “USS George Washington joins a noble line that begins with the first aircraft carrier built here — that was the Ranger, back in 1934.” This proud history of aircraft carrier shipbuilding continue as Newport News Shipbuilding is set to christen Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on November 9, a new class of aircraft carrier. Ford will continue to embody Washington’s “Spirit of Freedom.”
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