The World's Most Powerful Aircraft Carrier Will Soon Join the US Navy

The World's Most Powerful Aircraft Carrier Will Soon Join the US Navy

The Navy's newest aircraft carrier will officially join the fleet Saturday at a commissioning overseen by President Donald Trump.

"The new technology and warfighting capabilities that Ford brings will transform naval warfare, making us a more lethal Navy", Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said in a Navy release.

The U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford is billed as the world's most technologically advanced nuclear powered aircraft carrier. It is being named after former USA president Gerald Ford from Grand Rapids.

"When you put 75 aircraft on a carrier that's top of the line".

Service members and their families, senior defense and military officials and other dignitaries, including Ford's daughter and the ship's sponsor, Susan Ford Bales, were aboard the warship for the ceremony. After undergoing testing and rigorous sea trials, the ship successfully completed the final "builder trials" and arrived at its home port of Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 14, 2017.

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

"It's been a very, very bad period of time for our military, that is why were reached a deal to secure additional $20 billion for defense this year and it's going up and why I ask Congress for another $54 billion for next year", said Mr. Trump.

"We will win, win, win, never lose".

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

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"We will give our military the tools you need to prevent war", Mr. Trump said in March.

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.

Slated as the next ship to see construction in the Ford class, the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is expected for delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2022.

"One primary difference is the crew composition", said the ship's executive officer, Capt. Brent Gaut.

And with those few words, the ship was brought to life.

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

The Ford-class is designed with a host of improvements over the Nimitz-class that should significantly improve quality-of-life for sailors and reduce maintenance costs for the Navy.

The Ford's propulsion and basic systems were tested during a first round of sea trials in recent months, but one major remaining hurdle will be to test the carrier's electromagnetic catapult's ability to launch actual aircraft.

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