Promoted at sea

Lt. Andrew Kirchert of Lake Placid, assigned by the U.S. Navy to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department, recites the oath of office during his promotion to lieutenant commander on the ship’s flight deck in the Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 22. The ship is currently underway conducting an independent steaming exercise. (Provided photo — Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Connor Loessin, U.S. Navy)