U.S.S. George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Commissioned

Posted: January 11, 2009 by April Watkins in Commissioning Ceremony, CVN 77, Military, U.S. Navy
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Today, the world witnessed the commissioning of U.S.S. GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77).  The ship is the final Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.  The commissioning ceremony was held at the Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia, the largest naval base in the world.


Commissioning Ceremony. Photo: USN

The ship’s namesake, President George H.W. Bush, enlisted in the Navy in 1942, three days before his 19th birthday.  He trained in naval aviation and became the Navy’s youngest pilot at age 19.  The former President had a remarkable Navy career performing critical missions and was even shot down over the Pacific Ocean then rescued by a U.S. submarine.

Built by Northrop Grumman, the CVN 77 was christened U.S.S. GEORGE H.W. BUSH on October 7, 2006.  With his daughter, Doro Bush Koch, serving as the ship’s sponsor, the former President became the first president in the 120-year history of the shipyard to participate in the christening of his namesake ship.  Read the complete details on the ship’s website at  http://www.nn.northropgrumman.com/bush/ 

Pres. George H.W. Bush sets the watch

Pres. George H.W. Bush sets the watch

Today’s ceremony officially put the carrier and its air wing into active duty.  The 41st President of the United States set the initial watch which will be manned 24/7 until this ship is decommissioned decades from today.  As the official sponsor, Doro Bush Koch gave the order to “Man our ship.  Bring her to life.” to its crew of more than 6,000.

President George W. Bush gave an endearing speech in honor of his father, ending with these words:

This ship is a fitting tribute to a generation of men with whom my dad was privileged to serve. She’s also a tribute to a new generation of American soldiers and sailors and Coast Guardsmen and women, airmen and Marines who have stepped forward to defend the United States America. Again our troops are facing down a brutal enemy. Again they are making America and the world safer. And again they will come home in victory.

People often ask what I treasure most about being the President — nothing comes close to the honor of being your Commander-in-Chief. Every day, I’m amazed by the skill and courage of our men and women in uniform. And as we send the USS George H.W. Bush into service, I know you will do credit to the sailors who served before you — and the good man for whom this ship is named. I ask that God protect this ship, and let her know only victory and peace. And I ask God’s continued blessings on our wonderful nation. Thank you.

I hereby place the United States ship, George H.W. Bush, in commission. May God bless and guide this warship and all who shall sail in her.

In addition to former President Bush and his loving wife, Barbara, most of the Bush family was in attendance,

Pres. Bush speaks

Pres. Bush speaks

including President Bush and wife, Laura.  Also there to honor Bush 41, were scads of officials, military officers, cabinet members, long-time friends and thousands of shipyard workers and their families.

To find out more about the naval career of former President George H. W. Bush, click here.

To see the complete video of the ceremony, go to www.cspan.org/

For photos from today’s event, go to the following sites:
The White House, or  Fox News Channel,

  1. Kevin Sethre says:

    My son is a plankowner on CVN 77. We were witness to the commissioning. It truely was a remarkable event in the history of our great land.

    Kevin Sethre
    Inver Grove, Minn

    • What a wonderful opportunity to see such a ceremony! It will be a day to always remember. Please tell you son that my family and I truly appreciate his service to his country! You have raised a patriot and Americans thank you.

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