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Belen native serves aboard Navy's new aircraft carrier

Updated: 08/19/2014 2:24 PM | Created: 08/19/2014 2:20 PM
By: KOB.com Web Staff

A Belen, New Mexico, native is proudly serving aboard the U.S. Navy's new aircraft carrier.

According to the Navy Office of Community Outreach, Chief Petty Officer Timothy Gerton, an electronics technician from Belen and graduate of Belen High School, is serving aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford.

Gerald R. Ford is the first ship in its class and the successor to the Navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carriers that have been in operation for the last half century. Gerald R. Ford's 1000-sailor crew is slowly bringing the ship to life, a crew that will eventually grow to more than 4,500 when the ship is at sea.

When complete, the aircraft carrier, powered by two nuclear reactors, will measure more than three football fields long at 1,092 feet in length and will weigh more than 100,000 tons. It will be capable of sailing at nearly 35 mph and will carry more than 75 Navy aircrafts.

The ship is scheduled to commission in spring 2016.

Chief Petty Officer Timothy Gerton of Belen
Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specia
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) on the James River in 2013.
Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist

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