You long-time readers will remember my good friend Fr. Charles Johnson, presently chaplain on USS Ford, which is undergoing various tests and trails as they shake her down. We had travel vestments made for Father, when his airplane went into the river at NAS Jacksonville after I had blessed the same aircraft (long story) on my way down to Gitmo. Since I felt responsible for the total loss of his gear, it was the right thing to do.
In any event, USS Ford was in the news.
The #USSGeraldRFord (CVN 78), a first-in-class aircraft carrier designed using advanced modeling, testing, and analysis, successfully completed the first scheduled explosive event as part of Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST), June 18.
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) June 19, 2021
Father wrote about it:
Happy Father’s Day (both in the primary and secondary analogate sense)! Yes, we survived the first shock trial. It was definitely a “bomb go boom” moment–much louder than we were led to expect. Some “high dust” came down–making cleaning easier–and a few drawers popped out, but otherwise the chapel spaces were fine. … We have two more of these to go, each one closer and lower than the last. It’s an invigorating way to spend one’s summer….
It’s always good to hear from him. That’s one fortunate crew.
Meanwhile, “Eternal Father, strong to save…”.
Let’s pray for our chaplains and let’s pray for many more.