President Trump Speaks at Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Gerald R. Ford

Trump to Attend Navy Commissioning of New US Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford

He was followed by Susan Ford Bales, the ship's sponsor and daughter of the 38th president, whom the ship honours. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Monterey and participated in actions in the Pacific Theater, including at Makin Island, Kwajalein and the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

Ford became president after Nixon resigned during the Watergate scandal.

The new carrier is the lead ship of the Ford-class of "super -carriers", the first new class in more than 40 years, and will replace the current Nimitz-class carriers.

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

The Ford was built at Newport News Shipbuilding, a giant Navy contractor in Virginia.

The crew has also played a key role in helping numerous commanders get up to speed on the intricacies that differentiate the Ford from the Navy's other carriers. The Ford has a massive new flight deck with a new electromagnetic aircraft launch system, which will give it the ability to launch aircraft faster.

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.

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Mattis called the ship a "magnificent warship [that] joins the best Navy in the world".

A Friday Washington Post story reported President Trump has been exploring the option of exercising his broad constitutional pardon power on behalf of himself or members of his campaign team or family.

Trump called the ship an American symbol of power and prestige wherever it sails in the world.

"Wherever this vessel cuts through the horizon, our allies will rest easy and our enemies will shake with fear because everyone will know that America is coming and America is coming strong", he said. But four years will likely pass before the ship's first deployment.

"The biggest challenge is to test the systems.in theory they are incredible, but we need to test them and make sure they do what they are supposed to do, which is allow us to put the ship in harm's way and fight the fight", said Gaut. "We will win ... we will never lose". The president earlier in the week said in an interview that he regretted appointing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and warned the special counsel leading a probe into Russia's campaign meddling not to investigate unrelated dealings by his family business. "Our greatest weapon is all of you". "Our nation endures because we have citizens who love America, and who are willing to fight for America".

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

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