President Donald Trump on Saturday helped commission the USS Gerald R. Ford. He declared that the $12.9 billion advanced aircraft carrier to join the Navy will cause America's enemies to "shake with fear."
"I hereby place United States Ship Gerald R. Ford in commission," Trump said after delivering a speech in which he praised the U.S. military and the American labor that went into building the 100,000 ton warship.
"May God bless and guide this warship and all who shall sail in her."
Susan Ford Bales, the ship's sponsor and daughter of the 38th president, whom the ship honors alos spoke.
"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," she said. "I am honored to give the command: 'Officers and crew of the United States Gerald R. Ford, man our ship and bring her to life.'"
Construction on the USS Ford started in 2009 and was to be completed by September 2015 at a cost of $10.5 billion. 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.
This morning I will be going to the Commissioning Ceremony for the largest aircraft carrier in the world, The Gerald R. Ford. Norfolk, Va.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
The return visit Saturday fell during what the White House has dubbed "Made in America" week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.