The US Navy’s first-in-class aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser, USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), arrived in Portsmouth, Hampshire, for a scheduled port visit in the UK on November 14.
It was the first stop for the ships while deployed in the US Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) area of operations. “The crew of USS Gerald R Ford is honored and excited to visit Portsmouth, heart of the Royal Navy, during Ford’s first deployment,” said Capt Paul Lanzilotta, commanding officer of the Ford. “The UK is a cherished ally. We are here to work together and strengthen our partnership.”