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Trump to Attend Commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford

The freshly painted Gerald R. Ford shines at night in the empty dry dock waiting to meet water for the first time Trump to Attend Commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford
Erik Tate | 23 Июля, 2017, 00:58

The U.S. Navy will commission the lead aircraft carrier of the military branch's Gerald Ford class during a ceremony that will be held Saturday at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.

"I hereby place United States Ship Gerald R. Ford in commission", Trump said after delivering a speech in which he praised the US military and the American labor that went into building the 100,000 ton, $12.9 billion warship.

The president, who is commander-in-chief of the USA armed forces, likened the $12.9 billion warship to "an incredible work of art" and boasted about the American labor that went into building a vessel that eventually will house thousands of sailors and crew members. "This is just a dumb way to build any type of ship, particularly something as big and complicated as a carrier".

The new carrier will be the flagship of the new class of "super carriers", the first new class in 40 years and the most expensive warships ever built.

"American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world", he added.

Mr. Trump used the occasion to call on Congress to complete the fiscal 2018 budget that would boost defense spending by about $54 billion, an increase of roughly 10 percent.

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

Construction of the aircraft carrier began on November 13, 2009, just under three years after Ford's death on December 26, 2006.

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"I am honoured to give the command: 'Officers and crew of the United States Gerald R Ford, man our ship and bring her to life'".

Susan Ford Bales said that her father, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy months after the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack by Japan, had learned before his death in 2006, during the administration of George W. Bush, that a carrier would be named after him.

The ship that bears Ford's name has adopted those words for its official crest.

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.

The Defense Department explained the US Navy plans to spend $43 billion on developing and building three new Ford-class ships - Ford, the future John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and Enterprise (CVN 80).

Naval Operations chief admiral John Richardson said: "The nation is going to be very proud of USS Gerald R. Ford".

Learn more about the naval service and life of Gerald Ford here: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/people/presidents/ford.html.

The Ford was built at Newport News Shipbuilding, a giant Navy contractor in Virginia.

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