NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — USS George H.W. Bush is paying tribute to the late President in several ways following his passing. The carrier’s namesake died Friday, Nov. 30 at the age of 94.
After being commissioned by the former president himself on Jan. 10, 2009, the $6.2 billion aircraft carrier has resided in Hampton Roads.
The ship’s crew and staff released a statement Saturday morning to share their condolences and respect for the American hero.
“Avengers, it is with a heavy heart we join the nation in mourning the passing of our namesake and 41st President, George H.W. Bush. A World War II Navy pilot, statesman, and loving father, he is a true example of selfless service to the country, and his legacy will remain a guiding light to all those who serve aboard our great ship that bears his name. In this time of sorrow, we are reminded of one of his life long principles, “Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited,” or CAVU, which as the president described, is meant to wish the best of weather and unlimited possibilities in one’s own life. We will forever honor his memory by carrying on his legacy of service. Fair winds and following seas, Mr. President. “