Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Philip Riker, of Windermere, is assigned to the Blacklions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213. He recently conducted routine maintenance on the 20mm gun from an F/A-18F Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the world's largest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on July 16.
Gerald R. Ford is the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, representing a generational leap in the Navy's capacity to project power on a global scale. The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests.