Trump Says Military "Bigger, Better, Stronger" At USS Gerald R. Ford Commissioning

Posted July 23, 2017

Trump commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) at a commissioning ceremony July 22.

The U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford was built to lead the country's new Ford fleet of "supercarriers".

The USS Gerald R. Ford will later be joined by the future USS John F. Kennedy, CVN 79, and the future USS Enterprise, CVN 80, as Ford-class vessels.

Construction began in 2005 on what is the most expensive warship the United States military has ever built.

Trump called on Congress "to do its job and pass the budget", which increases funding for the military.

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A commissioning is a day of celebration, and honors the dedication, team work, and collaboration of Sailors, legislators, shipbuilders, program managers, and the ship's sponsor in delivering the ship to the fleet.

Construction on the USS Ford started in 2009 and was to be completed by September 2015 at a cost of 10.5 billion dollars.

Trump landed on the flight deck in Marine One and was greeted by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, and USS Gerald R. Ford Commanding Officer Capt. Rick McCormack. The new technology and warfighting capabilities that Ford brings will transform naval warfare, making us a more lethal Navy. Ford became president after Richard Nixon stepped down amid the Watergate scandal in 1977. Ford almost fell from the ship's deck into frigid waters below and just narrowly missed becoming one of hundreds of casualties.

President Trump applauding the military's strength at Saturday's commissioning.

The Navy was granted a waiver as it waited for the USS Gerald Ford to be completed.

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"This ship is the deterrent that keeps us from having to fight in the first place", Trump said.

This article was released by the United States Navy. "We demand victory and we will have total victory, believe me", Mr. Trump said of the powerful aircraft carrier. "This is the closest one of all the planes we have here in the navy that would be on the carrier", Andrade said.

The new vessel is America's first new carrier design in over 40 years since USS Nimitz (CVN-68) entered service in May 3, 1975.

The CNV 78 aircraft carrier boasts almost two dozen new technologies not present on older carriers - including a more spacious flight deck, an electromagnetic aircraft launch system and advanced arresting gear to better recover incoming aircraft.

Despite the challenges that come with developing and testing a carrier that is first in its class, commanding officers touted the expertise demonstrated by the Ford's crew members in operating its advanced systems.

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