The USS Gerald R. Ford, a CNV 78 aircraft carrier was completed five months ago. The carrier boasts nearly two dozen new technologies not present on older carriers – including a more spacious flight deck, an electromagnetic aircraft launch system and advanced arresting gear to better recover incoming aircraft.
Saturday, President Trump was in Norfolk for U.S. Navy’s commissioning of the Ford.
“For the rest of your lives,” President Trump said to the crew, “you’ll be able to tell your friends and family that you served on greatest ship in the U.S. Navy and, in my opinion, the greatest ship in the world. American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world that American might is second to none.”
“For those in the world who wish to terrorize us here in the U.S. and abroad, those who wish to challenge our shores, those who challenge our values…,” Admiral John Richardson said, “this is not a day of celebration for them. This is their worst nightmare.”
Capt. Richard McCormack will serve as the Ford’s first commanding officer.