1st Ford Carrier Commissioning Set for Saturday; Navy Adm. John Richardson Comments

USS Gerald Ford USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford Vs Nimitz

Additionally, Ford-which is based on the Nimitz-class hull form-restores weight and stability margins by reconfiguring the ship's interior, though she displaces roughly 100,000-tons just like the CVN-68 class (Indeed, one officer noted that while a sea, Ford is much more sporty than the Nimitz thanks to her prodigious horsepower and reconfigured interiors).

Ford enlisted in the Navy following the attack on Pearl Harbor and was commissioned as an officer in the Naval Reserve in 1942.

Ford represented MI in Congress.

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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 US manufacturing industry. Susan Ford Bales, President Ford's daughter, serves as the ship's sponsor.

"It's been a little bit of a fire hose to the mouth trying to absorb all the information I need to absorb, but it's been an incredible experience", said Gaut, who joined the ship almost a month and a half ago and has never been part of the pre-commissioning process for another ship. "This Saturday will be a huge day for our Navy and our nation".

Several dignitaries will also be in attendance, including Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

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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. The Navy has blamed the delays and budget overruns on the ship's advanced systems and technology, including electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones that will replace steam catapults. It is being named after former USA president Gerald Ford from Grand Rapids. Additional information on aircraft carriers is available online at http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=200&ct=4.

The Navy was granted a waiver as it waited for the USS Gerald Ford to be completed.

Trump promoted his speech on Twitter Saturday morning, writing, "This morning I will be going to the Commissioning Ceremony for the largest aircraft carrier in the world, The Gerald R. Ford". While the carriers' technical specifications will be similar to their Nimitz counterparts, there are many improvements aimed at increasing their combat capabilities.

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The Navy has operated 10 carriers since the retirement of the USS Enterprise in 2012 - one fewer than the 11 carrier-force mandated by Congress in 2011. "Whenever you sail - wherever you sail - you will be a symbol of Unites States resolve and you will be a symbol of the man whose name you bear". NCC-1701, meanwhile, is expected to launch sometime around 2245.

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