Trump calls aircraft carrier a symbol of power

USS Gerald Ford USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford Vs Nimitz

The warship also has a smaller island that sits farther back on the ship to make it easier and quicker to refuel, re-arm and relaunch planes, and a nuclear power plant created to allow cruising speeds of more than 30 knots and operation for 20 years without refueling. "We demand victory, and we will have total victory".

"Call that congressman and call that senator, and make sure you get it", Trump said Saturday at the commissioning of the Gerald R Ford, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier. He had pledged repeatedly during the presidential campaign to rebuild what he said was the nation's "depleted" military.

U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver the principal address at Naval Station Norfolk, the department said in a statement.

He said the USS Ford demonstrates that "we will win, win, win - we will never lose".

Ford (CVN 78) is the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carrier, the first new class in more than 40 years, and will begin the phased replacement of Nimitz-class carriers when the ship is commissioned. Additional information on aircraft carriers is available online at http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=200&ct=4.

Addressing Trump, Mattis said, "Mr. president, you will send this ship in harm's way and [it] will happily sail in harm's way for you, for our nation and for what we stand for".




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.

The Ford class will include two more planned ships, the John F. Kennedy and Enterprise.

"We've worked a great deal to automize a lot of what we do", he said, highlighting that the Ford maintains a crew of 2,600 sailors - 600 fewer than its predecessors in the Nimitz-class. The Ford is also the first aircraft carrier to join the fleet since USS George H.W. Bush in 2009.

The Ford is the first of three Ford-class carriers ordered by the Navy.

He criticized what he called a lack of investment in new military technology and "a shortfall in military readiness" under the previous administration. "You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it's no good", Trump said. The Navy has blamed the delays and budget overruns on the ship's advanced systems and technology, including electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones that will replace steam catapults.

Mr Trump gave a speech at the commissioning ceremony for the 100,000-tonne, 12.9 billion dollar (£11 billion) warship, in which he praised the U.S. military and the American labour that went into building it.

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