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Navy Commissions USS George H.W. Bush

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  • Crew members line up in preparation for the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks with former President George H. W. Bush prior to the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Sailors, who will be the first crew members on the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier, line up in preparation for the commissioning ceremony at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • A sailor in the audience holds a publication about the USS George H. W. Bush during the commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.  DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, speaks with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff retired U.S. Marine Gen. Peter Pace and his wife Lynn, during the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Former first lady Barbara Bush waves to the audience as her husband former President George H. W. Bush shakes hands with Navy Capt. S. Robert Roth,  executive officer, during the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • President George W. Bush, left, first lady Laura Bush, and the ship's sponsor, Dorothy Bush Koch, render honors during the national anthem at the start of the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine addresses the audience during the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • President George W. Bush addresses the audience during the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier, named after his father, at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • President George W. Bush addresses the audience during the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Former President George H. W. Bush, right, former first lady Barbara Bush, center, and Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, share a laugh during the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Former President and honoree George H. W. Bush speaks to the audience during the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter addresses the audience during the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.    DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Former President George H. W. Bush sets the first watch with Navy Lt. Cmdr. George Brickhouse during the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • The first crew members of the USS George H. W. Bush report for duty during the commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • The first F-18 jet is displayed aboard the USS George H. W. Bush as the ship is brought to life during the commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush prepare to leave the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier,  Jan 10, 2009 in Norfolk, Va., following the commissioning ceremony for the ship named in his honor.  White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian