Take a peek at Navy's new $13 billion aircraft carrier

Take a peek at Navy's new $13 billion aircraft carrier

Take a peek at Navy's new $13 billion aircraft carrier

The vessel is outfitted with touchscreen navigation display in place of a traditional throttle and is equipped with a reactor plant that can power the ship for up to 20 years without refueling.

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

Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took part in commissioning the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, named in honor of the 38th president, in Norfolk, Virginia, today. The President said to a cheering crowd.

Trump will deliver the ceremony's principal address, marking his second visit to the new carrier since his inauguration.

'To every patriot who will serve on this ship, I say this: Keep the watch, protect her and defend her, ' he said.

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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More than double the electrical capacity and automated equipment means the ship can sail more efficiently with at least 600 less crew members.

The Navy plans to spend $43 billion developing and building the three new Ford-class ships-Ford, the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), and the future USS Enterprise (CVN 80).

Referring to President Teddy Roosevelt, acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley told Mr. Trump, "One of your predecessors famously said 'Speak softly and carry a big stick.' We offer you, sir, a big stick". Additional information on aircraft carriers is available online at http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=200&ct=4. The Ford is also the first aircraft carrier to join the fleet since USS George H.W. Bush in 2009. He criticized the Obama administration for what he called a lack of investment in new military technology and shortfalls in military readiness.

But the new carrier, Trump said, will be key in any fight that may become necessary. "You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it's no good", Trump said.

The Ford's propulsion and basic systems were tested during a first round of sea trials in recent months, but one major remaining hurdle will be to test the carrier's electromagnetic catapult's ability to launch actual aircraft.

"The new technology and warfighting capabilities that Ford brings will transform naval warfare, making us a more lethal Navy", Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said in a Navy release.

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