Thursday, President Trump delivered a speech to ship builders and sailors aboard a soon-to-be-commissioned Naval aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, vowing to rebuild the military and to mount “one of the largest” defense spending increases in history.
He called the ship located at Newport News Shipbuilding “a great symbol of American strength” and a “fitting tribute” to former President Ford.
Trump said of the mega-ship, “It is a monument to American might that will provide the strength necessary to ensure peace.” He added, “It will carry 4,500 personnel and 70 aircraft and will be a vital component of our defense. This carrier and the new Ford-class ships will expand the ability of our defense to carry out vital missions and the oceans to project American power in distant lands.”
The president said the new Ford-class ships will expand the ability of our defense “to carry out vital missions and the oceans to project American power in distant lands.” “Hopefully it’s power we don’t have to use, but if we do, they’re in big, big trouble,” Trump said.
Trump promoted his plans for building up the U.S. military and military spending. He also pledged to provide “the finest equipment in the world” and give the military the “tools you need to prevent war.”
Watch Trump’s full speech below.
Widely regarded as the most expensive ship ever built, the aircraft carrier named for Michigan’s own Gerald R. Ford is a $12.9 billion nuclear-powered warship that spans 4.5 acres and weighs 100,000 tons, reports MLive.
According to the Navy’s website:
“The Gerald R. Ford-class will be the premier forward asset for crisis response and early decisive striking power in a major combat operation. Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers and carrier strike groups will provide the core capabilities of forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security and humanitarian assistance. The class brings improved war-fighting capability, quality of life improvements for our Sailors and reduced total ownership costs.”
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