The Pentagon has confirmed that the Navy will name the next United States aircraft carrier the USS Gerald R. Ford after the former president who died recently. Gerald Ford served in the Navy during the second World War.
The plan was made public when Donald Rumsfeld said during Ford's eulogy, "How fitting it would be that the name Gerald R. Ford will patrol the high seas for decades to come in defense of the nation he loved so much."
The Navy hadn't been planning to release the information at this time, but said that it would announce the name officially in several weeks. Between now and then they will be planning the ceremony with Ford's family.