A Filipina from Olongapo City is one of over 2,000 officers and enlisted personnel picked to serve the newest aircraft carrier in the US Navy, the PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Serving as a Navy aviation boatswain’s mate (handling), Airman Regine Garcia, is responsible for flight deck firefighting and directing aircraft.

Airman Regine Garcia is serving as a Navy aviation boatswain's mate (handling), which is responsible for flight deck firefighting and directing aircraft.
Airman Regine Garcia is serving as a Navy aviation boatswain’s mate (handling), which is responsible for flight deck firefighting and directing aircraft.

“It’s a privilege to be stationed aboard a new class of ship,” said Garcia, who graduated from Aura De Laurentus Business Highschool in 2004. “I like that we have the opportunity to save lives.”

Garcia said she is excited to be a part of the crew that will take this advanced war-fighting vessel on its first voyage to protect this country on the world’s oceans.

“The Navy has taught me a lot of life skills that I will use while serving and beyond,” she said.

“It is the Sailors who serve onboard Gerald R. Ford who comprise the weapons system of this ship,” the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. John F. Meier said.

PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is named after the 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford. It is going to be the lead ship of her class of United States Navy supercarriers and expected to join the U.S. Navy’s fleet in March 2016 with the first deployment in 2019. It is one of the largest aircraft carrier in the world.

Aircraft carrier size comparison

USS Gerald R. Ford will enter the U.S. Navy fleet replacing the inactive USS Enterprise (CVN-65), which ended her 51 years of active service in December 2012.

Source: GMA News Online

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