USS Gerald R. Ford Tribute Room captures the history and life of the ship's namesake. It will educate the crew and visitors over the ship's 50 years of operational life, the legacy of President Gerald R. Ford. It will provide a visual depiction of a man who was defined by "Integrity at the Helm", our 381h President of the United States.
The Ship's Ceremonial Quarterdeck maintains a part of the rich history and tradition of the United States Navy. It is located adjacent to the gangway where officers and diplomatic guests board the vessel. Traditionally there is a podium on the quarterdeck where the Officer and Petty Officer stand 24 hour watch in their dress uniforms. Three large photo boards are placed on the quarterdeck providing visual education on the Battle Group and Ship's Chain of Command and more recently a Hero Board depicting all the sailors attached to the ship who have been sent on individual deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Commanding Officers Inport Cabin Complex
The Commanding Officer's Inport Cabin is a show piece of the ship, very similar to the impact of the Tribute Room. The Inport Cabin is generally where visiting dignitaries such as the President, high ranking officials, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations would stay during their visit. Enhancements to the Inport Cabin provide another place on the ship where President Ford's legacy can be seen visually and the setting of memento's and artifact will be displayed. This is an area that has many uses that provides the Commanding Officer a variety of options to use.
The Ship's Chapel is the one place on the ship specifically designated for religious studies. USS Ford will have a designated Chaplain and a host of other religious persons to provide guidance, mentorship, spiritual growth and counseling to the crew and embarked airwing. This is the sanctuary on the ship for sailors to visit and attend services. Enhancement to the Chapel will allow request such as stained glass windows, upgraded pews, chairs and pulpit to be completed.
Ship's Learning Resource Center/Training
The Ship's Learning Resource Center provides classroom type settings that will be essential elements of CVN 78 Sailor professional and personal development. The Ford Class Carrier will deliver the most technologically advanced ship in the world. Our Sailors, who are the heart and soul of the ship, will become the subject matter experts on all systems onboard and take this great ship to sea. The CVN 78 Training Department will rely heavily on training classrooms well equipped to serve their training needs of our sailors. The crew, including embarked Airwing will be approximately 4,660 Sailors who will make great use of the Ship's Learning Resource/Training Classrooms. They will not only be used for military inrate training it will also serve for many sailors pursuing off duty education towards a Bachelors or a Master's Degree.
The Ford Library will serve as a space on the ship for Sailors similar to a public library service in our communities. It will have an organized and well thought out collection of resources to enhance our Sailors need for professional and personal growth.
Food Service Division Enhancements
The Ford Food Service Division is manned with talented Sailors who have mastered the Culinary Arts. They are responsible for feeding approximately 4,500 Sailors three meals a day. The Ford Culinary Specialist are at the heart of crew morale. They often are tasked with hosting five-star receptions and other events where presentation is a key to success.
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