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Last weekend was a big weekend for the U.S. Navy with the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford and the return of the USS Constitution to the water of Boston Harbor after two years of repairs. They both are amazing ships of pride for our country!

Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

The USS Gerald R. Ford was commissioned on Saturday, July 22, 2017. This is the first Ford-class warship and is the largest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the world. The carrier is named for the 38th president, who rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy in World War II. According to The New York Times, "the Ford is roughly the same size as the Nimitz-class carriers welcomed into the fleet in 1975 by Mr. Ford, but it packs more punch. The superstructure is smaller and farther back on the ship, which will allow it to launch 33 percent more flight missions a day using a new catapult and landing system." See to read more.

USS Constitution Leaves Dry Dock

The USS Constitution entered the dock at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard on the night of May 18, 2015, and on Sunday, July 23rd - a day that was expected to have the highest tide of the summer - the dry dock at the navy yard was flooded, and the ship was lifted off the keel block. Click this link to watch the very fun time-lapse video showing the ship leaving dry dock (with a commercial to boot).

Evacuation of Dunkirk

DUNKIRK - the movie - GO SEE IT. People may complain about lack of character development and plot in the movie but the character development was all done by the men and women on the beaches and on the water during the days of the evacuation in late May and early June 1940. See to learn more about the evacuation of Dunkirk.

Making a Difference on Land, Sea or in the Air

A Semper Paratus 227th Birthday Salute for the US Coast Guard on August 4. Visit for more information.

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