USS Gerald Ford Takes to the Sea

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"Trump also stated that there has been "a shortfall in military readiness" and decried "a very, very bad time" for the military" in previous years.

Trump visited the $12.9 billion nuclear-powered carrier in Newport News, Va., 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. "It's opening the envelope for future aircraft and future capabilities of the Navy and we'd otherwise be contained with a steam catapult system", McCormack said.

President Donald Trump is complaining about a Washington Post report that the Russian ambassador to the U.S. said he discussed election-related issues with U.S. Sen. The White House, as part of its efforts to stimulate the domestic economy, highlighted products made in America.

President Donald Trump urged Congress to pass a budget that provides for higher, stable and predictable funding for the US military.

Mr. Trump, who also spoke at a ceremony for the ship four months ago, has criticized the project for being billions of dollars over budget and late.

"We need Congress to do its job and pass the budget that provides for higher, stable and predictable funding levels for our military needs that our fighting men and women deserve and you will get", Trump said, referring to the defence build-up he is seeking.

The new carrier will be the flagship of the new class of "super carriers", the first new class in 40 years and the most expensive warships ever built.

The one-of-a-kind control system is just one of many state-of-the-art upgrades aboard the $13 billion USS Gerald Ford that was commissioned into active duty on July 22 after eight years of construction, development and testing.

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The US Navy is planning to enlarge its fleet from 276 to 350 ships after years of cuts and to increase the number of carriers it has from 10 to 12.

"A presidential visit will help showcase West Virginia to the world and demonstrates that President Trump hasn't forgotten about our state", Justice said.

Museum goers not able to attend the ceremony in Virginia got to view a livestream of the commissioning that was displayed in the morning.

U.S. allies will rest easy, Trump said, but America's enemies will "shake with fear" when they see the Ford cutting across the horizon. During World War II, Ford attained the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy, serving on the light carrier USS Monterey (CVL-26).

"This is created to give the ship flexibility because there aren't any berthing areas that are dedicated to one sex or the other", Operations Specialist 1st Class Kaylea Motsenbocker told Navy Times recently. He is joined by the current defense secretary, Jim Mattis. He told those in the crowd to give him "a little hand" and call their representatives in Congress.

"Officers and crew of the United States Gerald R. Ford, man our ship and bring her to life!" She is the ship's sponsor.

Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Ford is the lead ship of the Ford-class aircraft carriers, and the first new USA aircraft carrier designed in 40 years.

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