Trump to Help Commission Next-generation Warship in Virginia

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

The Ford class is the first new design for a carrier in more than 40 years and sets the stage for a phased replacement of the Nimitz class. "Anchors Aweigh" played and sailors who stood in formation in their crisp, white uniforms began filing off to their stations. It is being named after former USA president Gerald Ford from Grand Rapids.

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. Ford was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1948, where he served until President Nixon tapped him to become Vice President in 1973.

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.

The vessel completed sea trials in April but still will go through a battery of tests and workups at sea before becoming operational and ready for deployment, work that is expected to cost almost $780 million and take more than four years to complete, congressional auditors said in a report this month.

The ship, the first in a new class of carriers, is nuclear-powered and comes with a $US12.9-billion ($A16.3 billion) price tag, according to the Navy Times. He would go on to serve in congress and as vice president, before taking the oval office on August 9, 1974, amid the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.

The $12.9 billion ship features state-of-the-art technologies. Around 2,600 sailors will work and call the ship home once it's fully operational.

The launching ceremony of the aircraft carrier on the water, visited the US President Donald trump, who blessed the ship and all who will serve. "That's a big achievement".

"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 USA service members and referenced his desire for a buildup after years of spending restrictions.

The President of the United States officially pulled the boat into the water. "American workers are the greatest anywhere in the world". Released from active duty in February 1946, Ford remained in the Naval Reserve until 1963. The Ford is also the first aircraft carrier to join the fleet since USS George H.W. Bush in 2009.

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