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USS Gerald Ford USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford Vs Nimitz Trump to Attend Navy Commissioning of New US Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford
Connie Andrews | 23 July, 2017, 01:54

The map of the world stands for the ship's global presence, and the blue-and-gold color scheme is for the president's college years at the University of MI and Yale.

USA allies will rest easy, Trump said, but America's enemies will "shake with fear" when they see the Ford cutting across the horizon.

Reuters The U.S. Defense Department said the Navy will commission its first "Ford-class" aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, on Saturday at its base in Norfolk, Virginia - three years behind schedule and billions over budget.

"The president says there has been "a shortfall in military readiness" and decries "a very, very bad time" for the military" in previous years.

Trump, the commander in chief of the US military, will be on hand at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia to preside over the commissioning ceremony. Taken on her own, the Ford is the most expensive ship of any kind ever built, with a construction cost of almost $13 billion.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said: "The nation's going to be very proud of USS Gerald R. Ford.

That I can tell you", Trump told thousands of service members and guests, including former defense secretaries Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, and Govs. Compared to Nimitz-class carriers, the Gerald R. Ford-class carriers have more than 23 new or modified systems.

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.

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

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

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 U.S.".

Numerous crew members have been with the carrier since the earliest stages of development - supplementing a lack of experience out at sea with a deep breadth of knowledge about the new technology that is expected to set the standard for the future of the Ford-class. "We demand victory and we will have total victory, believe me", Mr. Trump said of the powerful aircraft carrier.

While the Ford's commissioning ceremony represented a major milestone, the crew and commanding officers stressed that there is more work to be done to prepare the carrier for its first deployment. The 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.

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