|USS Gerald R Ford, weighs 100,000 tonnes, cost £9.9billion|
Speaking at the ship’s launch in Norfolk, Virginia, the US president said: ‘I hereby place United States Ship Gerald R Ford in commission.
‘May God bless and guide this warship and all who shall sail in her.’
‘There is no one, absolutely no one, who would be prouder of the commissioning of this mighty ship than the president of the United States, Gerald R Ford.
‘I am honoured to give the command: “Officers and crew of the United States Gerald R Ford, man our ship and bring her to life”.’
Trump arrived aboard the carrier’s steamy flight deck by the Marine One presidential helicopter, and was greeted by defence secretary Jim Mattis, as well as other officials.
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.
‘This is American craftsmanship at its biggest, at its best, at its finest,’ he said aboard the carrier during a previous visit.
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