The bow of the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush, sits placidly at rest tied to Pier 12 at Naval Base Norfolk. The Bush, the absolute state of the art in nuclear-powered diplomacy that can move its 4.5 acre flight deck and 98,000 tons anywhere in the world at more than 30 knots, entered the family of US Navy ships on 10 January 2009 when its namesake, former President George H.W. Bush, said "I hereby place the United States Ship George H.W. Bush in commission. May God bless and guide this warship and all who shall sail in her."
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