Idea – Drawings – Construction – Revisions – Testing – Acceptance – Commissioning – Overhaul – Life – Scrapping – Reunions. Most of you probably watched the USS Gerald R Ford CVN-78 being brought to life. If you didn’t it was pretty much like other ships that went through the commissioning process, except more people involved. Our own vessel we called home went through the process and had a 30 year life. CVN-78 has a fifty year life. Just ponder the fact that the crew is as young as we were. Thus tradition sets in and rules what we do and how we do it. We were part of history and had a purpose. Bringing the timeline to today we have an active association with reunions that give us an opportunity to share our experiences and remember those that are eternally on patrol.