US President Donald Trump, "USS Ford Is Message to the World"

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President Donald Trump will be delivering remarks at the commissioning ceremony of the USS Gerald R. Ford in Norfolk, Virginia Saturday morning.

As the first new carrier design in 40 years, the 1,100-foot Ford incorporates advanced technology and operational systems that will allow aircraft take off and land more quickly, a smaller crew and improved survivability against projected threats, according to the Navy.

"This ship is the deterrent that keeps us from having to fight in the first place", Trump said.

The ship's namesake, the 38th President of the United States, will be represented by his daughter Susan Ford Bales at the ceremony. Her name 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.

The ship that bears Ford's name has adopted those words for its official crest.

"Anchors Aweigh" played as row after row of sailors in crisp, white uniforms who had been standing in formation began filing off to man their stations.

Sirens and bells sounds. Sirens and bells sounded, horns blared and the US flag was hoisted high above the deck.

Within minutes, the captain was informed that "the ship is manned and ready and reports for duty to the fleet".

Trump said in March that the newest generation of Ford-class carriers - the most expensive warships ever built - will remain the centerpiece of projecting American power overseas.

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Construction started in 2009 and was to be completed by September 2015 at a cost of $10.5 billion.

"The nation's going to be very proud of USS Gerald R. Ford", Adm. John Richardson, said chief of naval operations, said in a statement. The warships are being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

Ford represented MI in Congress.

Ford became president after Nixon resigned during the Watergate scandal. Ford almost fell from the ship's deck into frigid waters below and just narrowly missed becoming one of hundreds of casualties.

- 4,550: Approximate crew, including sailors, supporting air wing and staff.

President Donald Trump will help commission the USS Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion warship that after delays and cost overruns will officially be turned over to the Navy. "That's a big achievement".

"This is American craftsmanship at its biggest, at its best, at its finest", Trump said aboard the carrier during his previous visit. "This warship, and all who serve on it, should be a source of shared pride for our nation".

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

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