Harbaugh inspired by commissioning of USS Gerald Ford
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday to witness the commissioning of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford.
The carrier is named after the President who, like Harbaugh, played football for and graduated from the University of Michigan.
“Experiencing commissioning of USS Gerald R Ford was a great inspiration!” Harbaugh wrote on Twitter. “Celebration, American Tradition & Ceremony. God Bless the Military!”
President Donald Trump spoke at Saturday’s commissioning and hailed the $12.9 billion next-generation aircraft carrier as symbolic of a new era when "everyone will know that America is coming and America is coming strong." He also called the carrier "a 100,000-ton message to the world" of American military might.
Construction on the nuclear-powered carrier began in 2009.
Others attending Saturday’s event included defense secretary Jim Mattis, former defense secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.