Published: Sun, July 23, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

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

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

The ship will have a lifespan of 50 years and its nuclear power plant will allow it to operate for 20 years without the need to refuel.

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

Trump, who is commander in chief of the US armed forces, was traveling to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on Saturday to preside over a ceremony during which the USS Ford, the first member of the next generation of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, will be welcomed to the fleet with the words: "Man our ship and bring her to life". He had pledged repeatedly during the presidential campaign to rebuild what he said was the nation's "depleted" military.

Addressing an audience of dignitaries and sailors on the $12.9-billion nuclear-powered carrier at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia, Mr. Trump said the new warship will deliver an unmistakable message to America's allies and enemies.

In an interview with CBS, former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presented a blunt critique: "The Ford is a poster child for how you don't build a ship", Mabus said.

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.

President Donald Trump is having a late lunch with key staff members at his golf club in northern Virginia.

The Navy estimates the service branch will spend up to $43 billion on the construction of the first three Ford-class vessels to replace Nimitz-class carriers.

The U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford was built to lead the country's new Ford fleet of "supercarriers".

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.

The vessel's commissioning will begin the planned phased replacement of the US Navy's current Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.

But the new carrier, Trump said, will be key in any fight that may become necessary. The Ford is also the first aircraft carrier to join the fleet since USS George H.W. Bush in 2009. "You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it's no good", Trump said.

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

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.

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