The US Navy is set to commission its newest aircraft carrier, the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. The Navy says that will save more than four billion dollars (£3.4 billion) over the ship's 50-year lifespan.
Trump visited the $12.9 billion nuclear-powered carrier in Newport News, Virginia, to cap off the White House's "Made in America" week, a series of events created to highlight the administration's push to increase domestic manufacturing. "You will get it, don't worry about it".
Service members and their families, senior defense and military officials and other dignitaries, including Ford's daughter and the ship's sponsor, Susan Ford Bales, were aboard the warship for the ceremony.
The USS Ford is the first member of the next generation of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and is named after the country's 38th president.
The Navy was granted a waiver as it waited for the USS Gerald Ford to be completed.
The US Navy has attributed the delays and budget overruns to the ship's state-of-the-art systems and technology, including electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones that will replace steam catapults. "We demand victory and we will have total victory, believe me", Mr. Trump said of the powerful aircraft carrier. Ford became president after Richard Nixon stepped down amid the Watergate scandal in 1977.
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"American steel and hands have constructed a 1,000-ton message to the world that American might is second to none", Trump said. McCormack enlisted in the Navy in 1984. "Man our ship and bring her to life".
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"The more bombs I get over the target area the more lethal I am", said Commanding Officer Capt. Rick McCormack.
The technology of the USS Gerald R. Ford, albeit impressive McCormack said, will never be better than the crew. The 1,100 foot super-carrier boasts the first new design in around 40 years, and features state-of-the-art navigation and weapons systems.
Former president of Newport News Shipbuilding Matthew Mulherin spoke about the construction and sea trials of the carrier, commenting on its magnificence. Compared to Nimitz-class carriers, the new Ford class vessels have more than 23 new or modified systems.
US Navy brass plan to spend another £30 billion building another two sister ships - the USS John F. Kennedy and the USS Enterprise. "...with this ship, we honor [Ford] for his lifetime of selfless and distinguished service".