US President Donald Trump, "USS Ford Is Message to the World"

Andrews Air Force Base Md. en route to Naval Air Station Norfolk in Norfolk Va. to attend the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft

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. "We demand victory, and we will have total victory, believe me".

President Trump commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Saturday, celebrating the newest symbol of American military might as he called on Congress to approve a budget with a big increase in defense spending.

"American steel and American hands have constructed this 100,000-ton message to the world", Trump said of the Ford during a speech that praised the bravery and spirit of US service members and referenced his desire for a buildup after years of spending restrictions.

President Donald Trump urged Congress to pass a budget that provides for higher, stable and predictable funding for the US military. Once officially deployed in 2020, it will house 2,600 sailors, which the Navy says will save more than $4 billion over the ship's 50-year lifespan, according to the Associated Press.

Construction on the USS Ford began in 2009, and was to be completed in 2015 at a cost initially projected at $10.5 billion.

"This ship can basically drive itself", Triana said, pointing to a touch-screen navigation display that has replaced the traditional throttle system used to power and steer the US Navy's older carrier classes.

The air wing to support the Ford could add more personnel to the ship, which is created to house more than 4,600 crew members.

US President Donald Trump,
US President Donald Trump, "USS Ford Is Message to the World"

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.

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

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

At the time, the Ford was already two years behind schedule and the memo's release came just days before the Navy announced the carrier would not be ready before November 2016 as was previously promised.

The warship is the largest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the world, and was emblazoned for the event with a banner proclaiming "Made in the United States of America". "You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it's no good", Trump said. He criticized the Obama administration for what he called a lack of investment in new military technology and shortfalls in military readiness.

The commissioning ceremony was held at the U.S. naval base in Norfolk, Virginia.

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