Aircraft carrier will scare enemies

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he speaks during the Leadership Luncheon at Trump International in Washington

He praised the military members and civilians who worked on developing and building the massive ship, impressing his hope that the carrier serves as "the deterrent that keeps us from having to fight in the first place".

"Certainly we've taken a hard look at the technology", said Capt. Gaut, McCormack's second-in-command.

The U.S. Navy will commission the lead aircraft carrier of the military branch's Gerald Ford class during a ceremony that will be held Saturday at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.

"The president says there has been "a shortfall in military readiness" and decries "a very, very bad time" for the military" in previous years.

Trump's participation in the ceremony also capped "Made in America" week at the White House, during which the president and administration officials sought to draw attention to the USA manufacturing industry.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

Construction of the USS Gerald R. Ford began in 2009 and was scheduled to be completed in 2015 at a cost of $10.5 billion. "You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it's no good", Trump said.

"When it comes to battle, we don't want a fair fight", Mr. Trump said.

Former defense secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney were among a host of officials attending the commissioning ceremony.

The US Navy has attributed the delays and budget overruns to the ship's state-of-the-art systems and technology, including electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones that will replace steam catapults.

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