Navy to commission new first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford

23 July, 2017, 00:12 | Author: Joy Garcia
  • USS Gerald Ford USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford Vs Nimitz

"We demand victory, and we will have total victory".

In a military ceremony on Saturday, Trump said the USS Gerald R. Ford - named after the United States president from 1974-77 - was "a 100,000-tonne message to the world" and would be a valued asset in the U.S. fleet.

"American steel and American hands have constructed this 100,000-ton message to the world", Trump said of the Ford during a speech that praised the bravery and spirit of US service members and referenced his desire for a buildup after years of spending restrictions.

Trump will deliver the ceremony's principal address, marking his second visit to the new carrier since his inauguration. The Navy says that will save more than $4 billion over the ship's 50-year lifespan.

Construction started in 2009 and was to be completed at a cost of $12.9-B.

USS Ford is the lead ship of a new class of aircraft carrier, the first in more than 40 years, and will begin the phased replacement of Nimitz-class carriers when the ship is commissioned.

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The Navy said it would cost $43 billion to construct the first three ships in the Ford-class of carriers, including the USS John F. Kennedy, named after the country's 35th president, and the USS Enterprise.

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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.

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.

However, the carrier's commander said he is confident in the new technology.

The Ford, built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., isn't expected to be ready for combat deployment for at least four years, having yet to complete its navigation and cyber-security inspections. Compared to Nimitz-class carriers, the new Ford class vessels have more than 23 new or modified systems.

The USS Ford is the first member of the next generation of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

Richardson added: "The new technology and warfighting capabilities that Ford brings will transform naval warfare, making us a more lethal navy".

Navy bosses boast that the new ship is a "technological marvel" and claim it will carry much more than just fighter jets.

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