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Trump helps commission $12.9B aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford

Trump helps commission $12.9B aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford

President Donald Trump has landed on the deck of the USS Gerald R. Ford for a ceremony to officially turn the aircraft carrier over to the Navy.

Admiral John Richardson said that while officials and citizens celebrated its commission, the day is not one of celebration for everyone.

The Ford, built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., isn't expected to be ready for combat deployment for at least four years, having yet to complete its navigation and cyber-security inspections.

"You are fulling your duty to this nation and now it is our job of the government to fulfill its duty to you", said Mr. Trump.

Additionally, Ford-which is based on the Nimitz-class hull form-restores weight and stability margins by reconfiguring the ship's interior, though she displaces roughly 100,000-tons just like the CVN-68 class (Indeed, one officer noted that while a sea, Ford is much more sporty than the Nimitz thanks to her prodigious horsepower and reconfigured interiors). "Man our ship and bring her to life". Ford served for 25 years as a U.S. Representative before his appointment to the vice presidency.

Mr Ford became president after Mr Nixon resigned during the Watergate scandal.




He was followed by Susan Ford Bales, the ship's sponsor and daughter of the 38th president, whom the ship honours. It has been called "the most advanced aircraft carrier ever built".

Capt. Richard McCormack will serve as the Ford's first commanding officer. "It's opening the envelope for future aircraft and future capabilities of the Navy and we'd otherwise be contained with a steam catapult system", McCormack said. He has served on several of the Navy's ships, including the USS George H.W. Bush and the USS George Washington.

The president has said he wants to expand the Navy's fleet to 350 from the 276 deployed today. "I am very proud to be their captain". "...we drove her like we stole her and she performed like a champ".

The Navy also said it would spend $43 billion in total to build the first three ships in the class, including the USS John F. Kennedy and the USS Enterprise. The USS Ford will replace Nimitz-class carriers as the next generation of ships. "...with this ship, we honor [Ford] for his lifetime of selfless and distinguished service".

"So Skipper, as we marvel at the technology and the daunting numbers that measure this ship, never lose sight that in times of crisis, you will be the first to respond, and when called upon, you will deliver the final word in the bidding of our nation", said Stackley.

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