President Donald Trump commends the Navy's new aircraft carrier

President Donald Trump commends the Navy's new aircraft carrier

Her predecessor, CVN 65, the longest naval vessel ever built (and the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier), was decommissioned February 3, 2017, after over 55 years of service.

"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.

"It's been a very, very bad period of time for our military", Trump said.

President Donald J. Trump will deliver the ceremony's principal address.

Additionally, Ford-which is based on the Nimitz-class hull form-restores weight and stability margins by reconfiguring the ship's interior, though she displaces roughly 100,000-tons just like the CVN-68 class (Indeed, one officer noted that while a sea, Ford is much more sporty than the Nimitz thanks to her prodigious horsepower and reconfigured interiors).

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

The ship is the first of the Navy's new and advanced Ford class of aircraft carrier.

The U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford was built to lead the country's new Ford fleet of "supercarriers".

Trump was among a guest list that included Defense Secretary James Mattis, Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and members of Congress.

The Navy will spend $43 billion developing and building the three Ford-class carriers that Congress has authorized thus far. The ship only requires a crew of 2,600 to operate, 600 less than the Nimitz. He criticized the Obama administration for what he called a lack of investment in new military technology and shortfalls in military readiness. If all of Navy's projections are realized, the service will save $4 billion in total ownership costs over the life of the ship. Ford is expected to be in operation in 2020.

"When it comes to battle, we don't want a fair fight", Mr. Trump said. "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 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.

Released from active duty in February 1946, Ford remained in the Naval Reserve until 1963.

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