KENNEBUNKPORT — The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier will appear off the coast of Maine this weekend.

The USS George H.W. Bush will come within several miles of Kennebunkport, and the former president will take a Navy helicopter from his summer home to the carrier to check out the ship that bears his name.

Jim Appleby, spokesman for Bush, says the carrier will be visible Saturday afternoon from the coast.

The carrier’s arrival comes one day after former first lady Barbara Bush turns 87 on Friday. Her husband will celebrate his 88th birthday on Tuesday.