USS Ford Will Join The Fleet, But Deployment Is 4 Years Away

The USS Gerald R. Ford

At her christening back in 2013, Admiral Jonathan Greenert said: "She will carry unmanned aircraft, joint strike fighters, and she will deploy lasers".

He said the USS Ford demonstrates that "we will win, win, win - we will never lose".

"We demand victory and we will have total victory", Trump said. "This is their worst nightmare".

The return visit Saturday fell during what the White House has coined as "Made in America" week, during which Trump and other administration officials highlighted a wide assortment of products - ranging from trucks and helicopters to baseball bats and glass bottles for pharmaceuticals - that are manufactured in the United States.

"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.

At the time, the Ford was already two years behind schedule and the memo's release came just days before the Navy announced the carrier would not be ready before November 2016 as was previously promised. He became president in 1974, following the resignation of Richard Nixon.

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Construction of the aircraft carrier began on November 13, 2009, just under three years after Ford's death on December 26, 2006.

The USS Ford is named after the country's 38th president, who rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy during the Second World War.

Susan Ford Bales, daughter of former President Ford, is the ship's sponsor.

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

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

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

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Learn more about the naval service and life of Gerald Ford here: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/people/presidents/ford.html.

"The Sailors aboard today are among our nation's finest", said McCormack. "I am very proud to be their captain".

The Navy received the Ford on May 31 after the carrier successfully completed acceptance trials on May 26.

"Building CVN 78 has been an exciting journey", Mulherin said.

The next carrier in the Ford class, the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), is scheduled to launch in 2020.

Until then, the Ford will remain the Navy's newest ship. The U.S. must reform the defense acquisitions process to "ensure we get the best equipment at the best prices", he said. "...with this ship, we honor [Ford] for his lifetime of selfless and distinguished service".

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