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President Trump Officially Commissions USS Gerald Ford

President Donald J. Trump, left, delivers his address before commissioning the USS Gerald R Ford, right, in Virginia on July 22, 2017.
President Donald J. Trump, left, delivers his address before commissioning the USS Gerald R Ford, right, in Virginia on July 22, 2017.

President Donald J. Trump, left, delivers his address before commissioning the USS Gerald R Ford, right, in Virginia on July 22, 2017.

President Donald J. Trump officially commissioned the USS Gerald Ford, a state-of-the-art aircraft carrier named after the nation’s 38th president.

“American hands constructed a 100,000 ton message to the world–American might is second to none,” President Trump said. And we’re getting bigger, and better and stronger every single day of my administration.”

It’s the president’s second trip to the USS Gerald Ford and comes at the end of what the White House coined “Made in America Week.” Since Monday, the Trump Administration has highlighted products manufactured in the United States.

“The nation’s going to be very proud of USS Gerald R. Ford,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. “Welcome aboard 100,000 tons of Made in the USA.”

Docked at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) measures 1,092 feet in length and 256 feet in width, weighing a total 100,000 tons as the president noted.

NEWPORT NEWS (July 4, 2017) The Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) displays “up and over” flags in observance of Independence Day. Ford is making preparations for commissioning July 22. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Litzenberger/Released)

NEWPORT NEWS (July 4, 2017) The Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) displays “up and over” flags in observance of Independence Day. Ford is making preparations for commissioning July 22. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Litzenberger/Released)

“This ship is the deterrent that keeps us from having to fight in the first place,” President Trump said.

It hosts a crew of 4,539 servicemen. About 5,000 shipbuilders and tradesman worked on the project, which cost a total $12.9 billion.

“Wherever this vessel cuts through the horizon our allies will rest easy and our enemies will tremble with fear,” President Trump said. “To every worker from Newport News Shipbuilding and every craftsman who helped build this incredible fortress of the sea, today we solute you.”

Former President Gerald Ford rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II. He became president after Richard Nixon resigned during the Watergate scandal. Susan Ford Bales, the former president’s daughter, christened the vessel in 2013 and called on the crew to “bring her to life” in today’s ceremony.

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Laura Lee Baris is the Assistant Editor at People's Pundit Daily (PPD) and the Producer of "Inside the Numbers" with the People's Pundit. Laura covers politics, entertainment, culture and women's issues. She is also married to the People's Pundit, Richard D. Baris, and a mother to their two beautiful children.

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