Ford aircraft carrier gets commissioned in Virginia

Ford aircraft carrier gets commissioned in Virginia

Ford aircraft carrier gets commissioned in Virginia

Despite those plans, Trump said, the US government has been stingy and inconsistent with its financial support of its military, prior to his time in office.

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.

He praised the military members and civilians who worked on developing and building the massive ship, impressing his hope that the carrier serves as "the deterrent that keeps us from having to fight in the first place".

Construction on the USS Ford started in 2009 and was to be completed by September 2015 at a cost of 10.5 billion dollars. The Navy said the cost overruns and construction delays were due to the carrier's cutting-edge technology. She calls the carrier the "mightiest ship ever built".

Navy aircraft flew over the crowd and USS Gerald R. Ford just after a 21 gun salute on Saturday, July 22, 2017, moments before Navy and government officials addressed the crowds at the ship's commissioning.

The vessel is the first member of the next generation of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and is named after the country's 38th president.

"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. A naval officer, Ford joined the USS Monterey the following year during World War II and was aboard the ship in December 1944 during a typhoon.

A commissioning is a day of celebration, and honors the dedication, team work, and collaboration of Sailors, legislators, shipbuilders, program managers, and the ship's sponsor in delivering the ship to the fleet.

The United States has commissioned a new aircraft carrier that President Donald Trump says will make America's enemies "shake with fear".

Trump flew to the aircraft carrier on the Marine One helicopter, accompanied by chief of staff Reince Priebus, adviser Stephen Miller and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

CVN 78 honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service in the Navy, in the USA government and to the nation.

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

Mr Trump gave a speech at the commissioning ceremony for the 100,000-tonne, 12.9 billion dollar (£11 billion) warship, in which he praised the U.S. military and the American labour that went into building it.

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