Navy League is unique among military and patriotic associations in that it is a civilian, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families.
The Commissioning is a time honored tradition which takes place approximately one year following the christening ceremony at the builder’s shipyard. After the ship has completed rigorous testing and sea trials, the shipbuilder then deems the ship capable of performing her designed mission and prepares to join the Fleet. The Commissioning ceremony is attended by heads of state, dignitaries, public officials, crew family members along with supporters of the ship’s namesake. The grand ceremony culminates with raising the commissioning pennant to the masthead and for all purposes of law and tradition, the ship then becomes a United States ship of the line.Contribute
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), first of a new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers for the Fleet, will represent a new class of carriers since USS Nimitz (CVN 68) that was commissioned in 1975. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) will pioneer new technologies such as electromagnetic catapults and arresting gear, a new island structure, expanded flight deck that will allow aircraft to be launched faster than ever before, 250 percent more electrical power, two next generation nuclear reactors and 500 fewer crew members.LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMISSIONING >
Building the Tribute Room, Upgrades to Chapel, Library, Inport Cabin.Learn More
Celebrations surrounding the ship coming to life.See the Events
Role of these volunteers – leadership, financial awareness, community involvementMeet the Members