Sailors get special at-sea screening of Star Wars

Daisy Ridley as "Rey" in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (Lucasfilm via AP)

OFF THE COAST OF VIRGINIA (WAVY) - The crew of the U.S.S. Gerald Ford is working hard to make sure the newest member of the Navy fleet is ready to hit the seas.

But as the ship steamed off the coast of Virginia Friday morning, the ship's activities were put on hold. Since crew members aboard the aircraft carrier weren't able to go to the movie theater to watch "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Disney brought the film out on the open waters of the Atlantic.

The sailors got to take some time to take in a special screening that was projected right onto the carrier's hangar bay doors.

"Oh it was awesome," said Joseph Dillard. "I was kind of bummed out that we were going to be out here and I was going to miss the midnight premiere, but I got to see it before anyone else."

Navy officials say the sea trials are short and the crew will be back to port before Christmas.

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