Aircraft Carrier History

Deck -Ceremony -II-LR-Edited -23USS Lexington (CV 2) was initially laid down as a battle cruiser. She was commissioned as an aircraft carrier on December 14, 1927 and along with her sister USS Saratoga (CV 3) fought valiantly in World War II. Lexington was lost in action against the enemy on May 8, 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

USS Ranger (CV 4) was the first ship of the Navy to be designed and built from the keel up as an aircraft carrier. She was commissioned on June 4, 1934 at Norfolk Navy Yard. USS Ranger survived World War II and was decommissioned in 1946.

The prefix CV stands for Carrier Vessel; the N is for nuclear Powered.

Preserving the Legacy

CVN-78_Artist_ImageOne of the time-honored traditions in American history is the christening and commissioning of a capital ship of the Navy, which began with USS Alfred in 1775. Maritime lore has held for centuries that the spirit of the ship's sponsor enters the vessel at christening and remains with it forever. On November 9, 2013, Susan Ford Bales the daughter of President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford and ship's sponsor christened PCU Gerald R. Ford. Once commissioned in 2016 becomes a ship of the line, this will pay lasting tribute to the life, achievements and Presidency of her Father the 38th President of the United States.


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