He implored Congress to pass a defense budget that "provides for higher, stable and predictable funding levels for our military needs, that our fighting men and women deserve ... and you will get [it], believe me", Trump told the audience. "We will win, win, win".
Construction of the aircraft carrier began on November 13, 2009, just under three years after Ford's death on December 26, 2006.
A commissioning is a day of celebration, and honors the dedication, team work, and collaboration of Sailors, legislators, shipbuilders, program managers, and the ship's sponsor in delivering the ship to the fleet.
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The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is rigged with state-of-the-art technology with a capacity for more aircraft and weaponry than ever before. The 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.
Bales was asked to "bring the ship to life" during the Saturday morning ceremony, seconds after the ship's watch was set.
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The ship that bears Ford's name has adopted those words for its official crest.
Sailors returned her call, racing up stairs and along the rails of the carrier.
Learn more about the naval service and life of Gerald Ford here: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/people/presidents/ford.html.
The president has said he wants to expand the Navy's fleet to 350 from the 276 deployed today.
Despite the challenges that come with developing and testing a carrier that is first in its class, commanding officers touted the expertise demonstrated by the Ford's crew members in operating its advanced systems. "That alone brings a huge sense of ownership and I couldn't be any prouder of the crew", she said.
"Building CVN 78 has been an exciting journey", Mulherin said.
The Navy said it would cost $43 billion to construct the first three ships in the Ford-class of carriers, including the USS John F. Kennedy, named after the country's 35th president, and the USS Enterprise.
Until then, the Ford will remain the Navy's newest ship. (U.S. Navy handout photo/Getty Images).
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