Newport News Shipbuilding Structural Welder Robert Bowker displays the welded initials plate during the Nov. 14, 2009 keel laying ceremony for the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The initials SFB are those of Susan Ford Bales, the ship’s sponsor for the ship that will bear her father’s name. L-R: US Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, Susan Ford Bales, and Mike Petters, CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding. Photo by Chris Oxley