Aircraft Carrier to be Named for Bush 41

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The Navy is set to honor one of its heroic pilots, one that went on to become leader of the free world.

The latest aircraft carrier in the US fleet will be dedicated Saturday to Former President George Bush, who served in World War II and was shot down over the Pacific during a bombing run.

The current President Bush is scheduled to make the keynote address for his father's ceremony, and Bush 41's daughter Doro is acting as the ship's sponsor.

The christening ceremony will happen at 9 a.m. Saturday.

So just how big is Mr. Bush's boat? According to the Navy, it's more than one-thousand feet long, displaces about 97-thousand tons of water, and can travel upwards of 30 knots. The flight deck alone is about four-and-a-half acres, and the carrier can support a fleet of 75 aircraft.

More on the newest carrier in the US Navy can be found at the USS George H. W. Bush website,