Time Capsule Welded Into Future USS Gerald R. Ford

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) – An ancient naval tradition has become a part of the Navy's next nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
Newport News Shipbuilding workers welded a time capsule into the flight deck room aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford on Thursday. The capsule carries commemorative Navy coins, the aviator wings of the ship's first commanding officer and a piece of sandstone that was used in construction of the White House.
The items were placed underneath the ship's island during a January ceremony, but were removed so the 555-metric-ton structure could be welded onto the ship's flight deck.  The tradition began with ancient Greek and Roman mariners placing coins underneath ships' masts.
The welding occurred in advance of what would have been former President Ford's 100th birthday on Sunday. The ship will be christened in November.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s