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expected to be deployed within the next few years and house as many as 2600 crew members. next, the commissioning ceremony which includes remarks from president trump and several navy officials. it is just one hour. please rise. and -- gentlemen, our platform guests. ,ommander stephen barstow united states navy, i ships chaplin.
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miss mary ellen baldwin, the president and ceo of hampton roads, navy league. mr. greg willard, white house staff assistant to president ford and commission in committee cochairman. mr. byron cavity, commissioning committee and cochairman. mr. douglas devos, committee cochairman. from huntington ingalls shipbuilding, mr. matthew mulherin, who most recently served as president of newport news shipbuilding. rear admiral bruce lindsey, united states navy, commander, and naval air forces atlantic. rear admiral brian antonio, united states navy, program executive officer, aircraft carriers.
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vice admiral thomas moore, united states navy, commander, naval seas shipments command. vice admiral michael shoemaker, united states navy, commander, naval air forces. admiral frank caldwell, united states navy, director, naval nuclear propulsion program. admiral phillips davidson, ,nited states navy, commander fleet forces command. richardson, united states navy, chief of naval operations. the honorable sean stackley, secretary of the navy, acting. the honorable donald rumsfeld, former secretary of defense. [applause]
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the honorable scott taylor, united states representative, second district, commonwealth of virginia. the honorable robert scott, united states representative, third district, commonwealth of virginia. the honorable richard cheney, former vice president of the united states. [applause] [cheers] the honorable rick snyder, governor, state of michigan.
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[applause] the honorable gary peters, united states senator, state of michigan. [applause] the honorable roger wicker, united states senator, state of mississippi. [applause] the honorable james mattis, secretary of defense. [applause] the honorable terry mcauliffe, governor, commonwealth of virginia. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, our ship's sponsor, mrs. susan ford bales. [applause]
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she is escorted today -- she is escorted today by master chief laura nunley, command master chief, uss gerald r. ford. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, escorted today by captain richard mccormack, united states navy, perspective commanding officer, uss gerald r. ford. [applause]
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ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. platform and a salute. ♪
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[cannons]
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>> ready? ladies and gentlemen, the national anthem will be performed by gerald r. ford's own chief petty officer.
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advance the colors. ♪ >> platform. hand salute. ♪ >> present arms. >> ♪ oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
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what so proudly we hailed, at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming and the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night,
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that our flag was still there oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave ♪ [applause]
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>> retire the colors. ♪ >> forward march. [drum roll] >> platform. ready. two. ladies and gentlemen, chaplain barstow will offer the invocation. >> please pray with me. we gather together here today as one body, though we come from many different backgrounds, representing many different religions and from many different cultures. today, we gather as one. we are here to celebrate together.
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we gather to celebrate the commissioning of this mighty ship, the uss gerald r. ford. we gather here to celebrate the accomplishments of the united states navy, to living out our code of honor, courage, and commitment. we gather here to celebrate the greatest nation in the world, the united states of america. in one voice, we lift our prayer together, invoking that which is beyond us, in the realm of the spiritual and supernatural. we invoke your blessing on all we do here today. and we pray for your continued protection upon the ford and all the ford-class carriers to follow. bless us lord. bless this crew, bless this ship, and may we all be worthy and faithful to the mission for which we have been called. we pray this in your mighty name. amen.
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will the guests please be seated. ship's company, parade rest. ladies and gentlemen, the honorable terry mcauliffe, governor, commonwealth of virginia. [applause] gov. mcauliffe: good afternoon, everyone. first of all, mr. president, the cabinet, to our fellow guests, governor snyder from michigan, susan ford bales, let me be very clear, mr. president. i know you worry about 50 states, but let me tell you, you are here in the greatest state in the greatest nation on earth, the commonwealth of virginia. [applause] [cheers]
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and we are great because of the 9000 individuals who built this beautiful ship, the uss gerald r. ford. if we could give a round of applause for the 9000 shipbuilders who made this possible today. [applause] mr. president, if you want to save taxpayer money and help our military, you keep investing. you put all of the military contracts here and the commonwealth of virginia. we will deliver on time, ahead of budget, because we are the greatest workforce in america. of the 27so proud military installations, the largest naval base in the world. let's hear it for every man and woman here who wears the cloth of this great country. [applause] [cheers]
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and finally, to the state, the number one state in america for veterans. we have more female veterans, more veterans under the age of 25, fastest-growing veteran population in america. we love our veterans here in the commonwealth of virginia. last year, the first state in america to be certified to functionally end veteran homelessness, the commonwealth of virginia. i could go on and on. we love our active duty. we love our veterans. what an honor, susan, to have this ship named after your father. you think a man who, after pearl harbor, enlisted in the united states navy and took over our country at a very difficult time and led our nation with dignity. we are so grateful for president ford and to the ford family for being here today. enjoy yourselves if you are visiting. spend every penny in your
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pockets before leaving the commonwealth of virginia. thank you. go navy. [applause] >> thank you, governor mcauliffe. ladies and gentlemen, mr. matthew mulherin, former president, newport news shipbuilding. [applause] good morning. ladies and gentlemen, and most especially our ship's sponsor, susan ford bales. i always start my speeches by saying how privileged i am to be here, representing the women and men of newport news shipbuilding. today, these words take on even greater meaning to me personally, as they are the last
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time i will be saying them in an official capacity before my retirement. and so while today is a wonderful day for the navy, i would like to reflect for just a moment on the builders of this magnificent aircraft carrier. it is not easy work and shipbuilding is not for everyone. yet i am proud to say we have 20,000 of america's finest shipbuilders across the water, newport news, proudly building the aircraft carriers and submarines that serve and protect our great nation. they come to work each day to do their best and be their best. president ford embodied this work ethic. he once said, the harder you work, the luckier you are. and i work like hell. our ship builders work like hell every single day. and i tell you that we are also pretty lucky.
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we are lucky to work in an industry that allows us to be part of something greater than ourselves. we are lucky to carry on president ford's legacy for future generations. and we are lucky to work alongside the best and brightest. when it comes to building the most complex ships in the world, luck has little to do with it. it is skill, craftsmanship, and an unwavering commitment to quality that gets the job done. building cvn-78 has been an exciting journey, from the early design concept to our keel-laying to the sea trials. we put her through the paces and tested all of our systems. we drove her like we stole her, and she performed like a champ. i am honored to say we has in that i have been here
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for every step of her journey. and because of this i can confidently say that this aircraft carrier represents the very best of american manufacturing, innovation, and experience. she represents the best of the u.s. navy and captain mccormack and her fine crew. the strength,ents courage and integrity of the 38th president of the united states. the fleet today and she will reign over the seas, just as her predecessors have done for decades. but unlike her sister ships, this ship has a secret weapon. her name is susan. susan ford bales has redefined what being a sponsor is. her love for this ship, her father's legacy to this nation, is inspiring. she has provided a living connection to a great man, husband, president, and dad. we will always consider her our fellow shipbuilder and friend.
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to everyone who made this incredible ship possible, congratulations on the commissioning of uss gerald r. ford. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, mr. mulherin. admiral john richardson, united states navy. chief of naval operations. [applause] admiral richardson: good morning, everybody. and welcome aboard 100,000 tons of made in the usa. [applause]
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what a day of celebration. i could go on and on but it feels like it is starting to get a little warm in here, so i will keep my remarks short. certainly, the ford family is celebrating today. what a fitting tribute to their father's legacy. president ford, a man of humility, integrity, and body, -- and the leadership, and -- and ourrhaps best sponsor, susan ford bales. ma'am, thank you for bringing your spirit to this ship. as matt mulharen clearly and concisely said, a day of celebration for our shipbuilders, here in newport news and throughout the nation, who worked so hard to bring this ship together. definitely a day of celebration for the captain and crew of the gerald r. ford who, from this day forward, will no longer be a shipbuilding project but a
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warship and a crew and, finally, a great day of celebration for the navy and the nation. for when gerald r. ford moves forward, starts cutting into the waves, she will be protecting our interests and defending our nation for years to come. to give you a sense of what we are talking about here, the last person to command the gerald r. ford has not even been born yet. that is how long this ship will be around. so it is a great day of celebration for so many, but not for everybody. those in the world who wish to terrorize us here in the united states and abroad. those who wish to challenge our shores, planning attacks. those who may challenge our prosperity and our trade. those who challenge our values -- this is not a day of celebration for them. this is their worst nightmare.
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they will lie awake at night, fearing that they may one day come and appear on the target list of the uss gerald r. ford. and so, god bless the uss gerald r. ford of the united states navy. [applause] god bless the ford and the navy, a comfort to our nation and our allies and a nightmare to our enemies. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, admiral richardson. ladies and gentlemen, the honorable sean stackley, secretary of the navy, acting. [applause]
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sec. stackley: susan, you have built well. your team of shipbuilders, they ir tremendous workmanship is only exceeded by their tremendous pager design. -- patriotism. your father would be very proud. mr. president, one of your predecessors famously remarked, "speak softly and carry a big stick." we offer you, sir, a big stick. [laughter] [applause] so many distinguished guests, officers and crew, who proudly , call yourselves the gerald r. ford. history will remember him as the man who, in the great constitutional crisis of the last century, would be chosen by congress to lead our nation. today, we remember him as the
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man who, when the seas were at the most tempest-tossed, gave orders to the home, steady she goes. and in doing so, returned our ship safely to harbor and restored trust in our government. as we consider this ship his ship, which will serve our country throughout much of this century in our navy, we take pride in knowing long before he became our commander in chief, before he rose to the ranks of our congress, he served in our navy. and his ears at sea, at war in the pacific, taught him the most fundamental truth. a truth that would serve him throughout his time at the helm of our congress and of our country. that we are a maritime nation. that the freedoms we cherished so deeply here in america, that the blessings of these freedoms and in the strength of our navy
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-- they are one. in his time, president ford commissioned what was then the navy's newest aircraft carrier, the uss nimitz. day readingthat through this day. as each of us looks upon this ship a single thought must seize ease our mind that only the , united states of america can make an machine like this. there is nothing like it in the world. wherever she shows her flag, she will be seen as we see her now. a solid symbol of united states strength, united states resolve, made in america, manned by americans. so it is today the uss nimitz is underway in the arabian sea. and her sister ship, the george h.w. bush is turning into the wind in the mediterranean, while the ronald reagan stands watch over the western pacific. and yes these ships stand as a
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, symbol of united states strength and united states resolve. they are our nation's great instrument of security and of goodwill. so, skipper, as we marvel about dauntingology and numbers of this ship never lose , sight that, in time of crisis, you will be the first to respond. and when called upon, you will deliver the final word in the bidding of our nation. whenever you sail, wherever you sail, you will be a symbol of united states resolve, and you will be a symbol of the man whose name you bear. so, steady she goes. there is truly nothing like it in the world today. godspeed, gerald r. ford. god bless her sponsor, who gives you strength. and god bless these united states that you will defend. thank you. [applause]
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>> thank you, secretary. ladies and gentlemen, the honorable james mattis, secretary of defense. [applause] secretary mattis: ladies and gentlemen, today a magnificent worship joins the best navy in the world. it is named after a tried and true member of the greatest generation and that spirit will permeate the ship, a long as it sails on the seas. spirit,as the u.s. navy we have just began to fight. mr. president, you will send the
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ship in harms way and they will fail in harms way for you, for our nation and what we've and four. let me say what you have been waiting to hear. ladies and gentlemen, our commander and chief, president donald trump. thank you. [applause] president trump: thank you very for thecretary mattis wonderful introduction and your devoted service to our nation. nobody has done it like you. i am thrilled to be back on this magnificent ship, for this with themoment,
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amazing men and women of the united states navy. [applause] president trump: i was with you knew that iago, i had to be here today. i told you i would be back to congratulate you, and the crew, and everybody involved on newest,oning the largest, most advanced aircraft carrier in the history of this world. that is a big achievement. after today, wherever this ship sails, you will all carry a proud title. asnk owner of the u.s. gerald r ford. [applause] for the rest of your lives you will be able to tell your friends and family that you served on the greatest
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ship in the united states navy. in my opinion, on the greatest ship anywhere in the world. everyone should take a moment to celebrate this incredible achievement. i want to think the many public servants -- thank the many public servants who have joined us today. governor snyder, governor mcauliffe's, senator wicker and members of congress, secretary stapley, admiral richardson, senior military leaders, and of course, the great captain mccormick. [applause] president trump: captain, i know you will exemplify integrity at the helm. have a good time doing it. proud of you. to the entire ford family, susan, jack, steve and
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mike for all you have done to support the ship on its -- this ship on its voyage. [applause] i also want to: record guys to other people who are very -- recognize two other people who are special to president ford. thank you vice president cheney and former secretary of defense, rumsfeld. [applause] they looktrump: great. they look great! stunning ship into the service of our nation, we must also pay tribute to the thousands of citizens, military and civilian who helped design and build this. their love and country has been put into every bulkhead on this
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vessel. you sculpted this mighty hull. you were there when the first steel was cut. when the turbines lord to life and when those beautiful propellers first began to spin, and spin they did. you are here to witness the moment when your incredible work of art becomes the prize of the united states navy, and a symbol ,f american power and prestige no matter where in the world you go. american steel and american a 100,000 constructed ton message to the world. america might is second to none." we are getting bigger, better,
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stronger, every day of my administration. that i can tell you. [applause] thisdent trump: wherever vessel cuts through the horizon, our allies will rust easy and our -- rest easy and our enemies will shake with fear because everyone will know that america is coming, and america is coming strong. [applause] every workermp: from newport news ship building and every craftsman and engineer who helped build this incredible fortress on the sea, today, we salute you. thank you. [applause] president trump: your grip build the instruments of war
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that preserve peace. thatship is the deterrent keeps us from having to fight in the first place. this ship also ensures that if the fight does come, it will always end the same way. we will win, win, win. we will never lose, we will win. [applause] when it comesp: to battle, we do not want a fair fight. we want just the opposite. we demand of it every and we will have total victory. believe me. [applause] having the best technology and equipment is only one part of that american military dominance. our true strength is our people. our greatest weapon is all of you. our nation indoors because we have citizens who loves america
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and who are willing to fight for america. [applause] we are so very: who arewith warriors willing to serve america in the greatest fighting force in history, the united states military. today, this ship officially begins its role in the noble military history of our great nation. in a few moments, i will commission this wonderful, beautiful, but very, very powerful war ship. captain mccormick will assume command. he will set the first watch, then the crew of the gerald r. ford will man the ship and bring her to life. [applause]
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president trump: a ship is only as good as the people who serve on it. the american sailor is the best anywhere in the world. --ng you are great weld ours welders, radar technicians, machine operators and pilots. you take pride in your work and america takes pride in you. .e love you we are proud of you. thank you. [applause] president trump: that it is why it is so fitting that the ship is named after a sailor of tremendous character, integrity and when -- and wisdom. raised ind was american heartland's.
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he grew up in grand rapids and became an eagle scout. he played football at the university of michigan, on a team that won two national championships. listen to this, on that great team he was named m.v.p.. not bad. he then went to yale law school. after pearl harbor he volunteered to serve. president ford joined the navy and asked to be sent to sea. very badly. do that he never really knew why, he felt it was a calling. he was assigned to a new carrier, the monterey, he coming a plank owner himself on its commissioning in 1943. from there he sailed to the pacific and saw action, a lot of action in the pacific war. like so many others of his generation, gerald ford return
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to home and started a family. he ran for congress where he served the people of michigan with honor for many years. from there he became vice president, then president of the united states of america. him fors ship, we honor his lifetime of selfless and distinguished service. we also remember his wife, daddy. i remember -- betty. i remember her well. we honor the bravery she showed in her life so. experience could help others. susan was a great woman. [applause] gerald ford said that his time in the navy convinced him that our lack of military preparation before world war ii had only
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encouraged our enemies to fight , and harder, and harder. he learned a lot. in the future ford said, i felt the united aids had to be strong, never again could we allow our military be anything but the absolute best. today,ould see this ship president gerald ford would see his vision brought to life, he would see his legacy of service being carried on by each and every one of you. [applause] president trump: gerald ford embodied american value, like few others. love of family, love of freedom and most of all, love of country. he knew that patriotism is the heart the of a nation.
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he knew that we must love our country in order to protect it. he knew that we must have pride and our history if we are going to have confidence in our future. the men and women of america's armed services are part of a living history. you uphold timeless customs and traditions, and you protect our nation and our freedom for the next generation to come. you are fulfilling your duty to and now it is the job of our government to fulfill its duty to you. [applause] president trump: for years our government has subjected the military to unprotect it will funding and a devastating -- unpredictable funding and a
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devastating sequestered -- this has led to a lack of investment in new equipment and technology, and a shortfall in military readiness. in other words, it has been a very, very bad period of time for our military. that is why we reached the deal to secure an additional $20 billion for defense this year, and it is going up. and why i asked congress for another $54 billion for next year. now we need congress to do its job and pass the budget that , stable for a higher and predictable funding for our military needs that our fighting men and will -- men and women deserve.
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you will get, believe me. president trump, i tell you, you will get it. do not worry about it. congressman and call that senator and make sure you get it. [applause] president trump: by the way, you can also call those senators to make sure you get health care. we must end the defense sequester once and for all. we must also reform defense acquisitions to ensure we are getting the best equipment, at the best prices, so our dollars are used only for the best interest of our country and those who serve. overruns, wet cost
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want the best equipment, but we want it built ahead of schedule, and we wanted the old under budget. -- want it built under budget. [applause] president trump: this is the very least we can do for the patriots who have volunteered to give their sweat, their blood, and if they must, their very lives for our great nation. the commissioning of this new american carrier marks the renewal of our commitment to a future of american greatness. than ever before. remember that, greater than ever before. just moments from now the captain will set the first watch on the uss gerald r. ford. , a watch willce stand until the day she is decommissioned, 50 years or more from now. most of you who will man the
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ship today are just about 20 years old. embarking on ae truly great adventure. the journey will require all of your talents, all of your efforts, and all of your heart. as you know, the sea holds many challenges and threats. face,ng today you will together, as a team, aboard this ship, which is your responsibility and your home, three generations of americans will eventually manned these decks. some of your own children and grandchildren someday. you will inspire many more american patriots to follow your lead and to serve. one day, when you are old and have lived a long and hopefully happy and successful life, you
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may find your selves back aboard this ship, surrounded by your -- to to work at deacon march at decommissioned. on that day, our entire nation -- not just this carrier, it will honor you and the role you will have played in keeping america safe, strong and free. to every patriot who will serve on this ship today and throughout history, i say this, keep the watch, protect her, defend her, and love her. good luck and godspeed. family,u to the ford and thank you to every sailor in the greatest navy on earth. god bless you, god bless the bless r. ford, and god
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the united states of america. thank you very much. god bless you all. [applause] >> thank you, mr. president. i would be honored if you would place gerald r. ford and commission. will the guest please rise. !hip's company, attention ihereby -- president trump: hereby place united states ship gerald r. ford in commission. make god bless and guide this shallp, and all who
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sail in her. god bless you. thank you. [applause] >> thank you mr. president. executive officer, point the colors and the commissioning pennant. >> aye, captain. i direct your attention to the ship's mast as we voiced the colors and commission pennant. quartermaster, moist the colors and the commission pennant. sir.e, aye, [drumroll]
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>> will the guests please be seated. captain, the colors and the commission pennant are flying over united states ship gerald r. ford. >> very well. i will now read my orders from commander naval personnel command. order, 1990or his of 06 january, 2016. when directed by reporting senior, detached in general 2015 from duty and reported to gerald ford, cvn 78 as commission officer. report for duty as commanding officer. atmel richardson, united states ford is in r.
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commission and i am in command. [applause] >> executive officer, set the first watch. >> aye, captain. >> officer of the deck, set the watch. >> aye, aye, sir. deck is ar of the direct representative. while on watch is responsible
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for the safe operation of the ship and crew. glass is a traditional symbol of the officer of the decks of authority in the ship of the line. pleased to have mr. great willer's with us today. he was a white house staff and served gerald ford after he left office. glass to pass the long the lieutenant, from south orange, new jersey, the first officer of the debt. isty officer of the watch petty officer first class jose of miami, florida. petty officer of the watch is human of north carolina -- yoeman of north carolina. wisconsin is the second officer of the watch. [whistle]
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>> set the watch, on deck, section one. sir, the watch is set. forward march. >> captain, the watch is set. >> very well. we are delighted today to have our sponsor with us. ford,christian gerald r newport news. i would be honored if you join give here at the podium to the order to man our ship and bring her to life. [applause]
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>> mr. president, ladies and gentlemen, the twilight -- in the twilight of his life dad learned of the decision to learn cvn 78 to be the uss gerald r. ford. he felt that was one of the highest honors he ever received, was to wear the uniform of lieutenant commander in the united states navy. upon learning the naming decision, dad wrote a letter about cvn 78 and concluded his is a source of indescribable pride and humility to know that an aircraft willer, bearing my name, be permanently associated with the valor and integrity of the
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men and women of the united states navy." there is no one, absolutely no one who would be prouder of the commissioning of this mighty ship than the president of the ford. states, gerald r. therefore, on behalf of the 38 president of the united states, and as your sponsor, 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. [applause] [anchors away] ♪
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[sirens] [ships horn blows] ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, uss gerald r. ford salutes you.
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we are proud to serve in your great navy. ready, 2. [applause] >> captain, the ship is manned and ready. >> very well. >> admiral lindsay, uss gerald r. ford is man and ready and ready to report to the fleet. >> get underway as soon as possible. >> very well. mr. president, request permission to break your flag? trump: permission granted. >> break the flag at the president of the united states. >> aye, aye, captain. her master, break the flag of
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the president of the united states. >> aye, aye, sir. captain, the flag of the president is flying over the united's dates -- united states ship gerald r. ford. >> furry well. -- very well. [applause] gentlemen, captain , united statesck navy commanding officer uss gerald r. ford. [applause] >> ship company, parade rest. itd morning mr. president or secretary mattis -- president. secretary mattis, admiral richardson, suzanne, distinguished visitors,
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shipmates, family, and friends. welcome and thank you all for being here and braving the heat as we come together to celebrate this transition of this warship from a pre-commissioning unit to a capital asset. r. experience of the gerald ford commissioning is best described like this. upon this us looks great ship, a single thought our mind. only the united states of america can make a ship like this. there is nothing like her in the world today. we have witnessed a magic moment, but an intricate mass of steel and cable suddenly can become a living thing with a unique personality. were spoken over 42 years ago by then-president gerald r. ford as he delivered
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his keynote address at the commissioning ceremony for u.s. estimates. .ow fitting it -- u.s. s nimitz how fitting it is that the man is recognized today as the namesake for our great ship and the force -- first in the ford class. [applause] much has been said about the class of technology aboard. inhnology that like nimitz 1975 exists nowhere else. afford it incorporates flexibility in the carrier platform to accommodate future systems and technologies. to ensure that the navy is ready to conduct and sustain combat incidents to operations at sea for decades to come. yet, as groundbreaking as this
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technology is, it will never supersede the quality of the sailor who operates it or it -- operates it. the sailors aboard today are among our nation's finest. they are talented, driven, dedicated, passionate about what they do, and i am very proud to be there captain. captain. [applause] james horne fisher, author of the book "the last stand" said it best. a fighting force cannot be order of battle any more than a ships value can be reduced to the number of guns he carries or the shaft horsepower her turbines can generate. vessel draws light from the
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spirit of her crew, which derives in large part from the leadership qualities of her chiefs and officers. point -- and it weighs significantly on the tools of war. succeed asking the strength and skill of our sailors and the dedication and commitment they bring to the fight. our sailors will ensure the gerald r. ford remains mission ready and prepared to execute tasking for decades to come. i want to thank legislators, shipbuilders,- and sailors for all your efforts from taking uss gerald r. ford from concept to delivery. and last but certainly not
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least, i would like to express my gratitude to the families of our servicemen and women who supported their loved ones as we work hard to prepare this ship four c. your devotion -- ship for sea. your devotion and sacrifice cannot be understated, and i want to thank you personally for all of your support. [applause] team wolverine, i have the utmost faith in confidence in your ability to handle any challenge ahead. i can think of no better team to take uss gerald r. ford to see. to sea. god bless you, your family and our navy. thank you. [applause] ships company, attention!
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will the guests please rise? chaplain barstow will now lead us in the benediction. >> let us pray. end thispared to celebration we pause. ♪ for a going away blessing, a sendoff, a plea for continued lessing's and protection and success. so we ask, may our efforts to reach this point and beyond continued to be rewarded. protection andce safety for this crew and all the sailors who will follow us. be with us,
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strengthen us, encourage us, guide us, and may we be granted wisdom for the journey and may integrity be the compass we follow. we pray for the leaders of the ship, for the leaders that will follow, for the leaders of our navy and this nation. us, be with with us. in your mighty name we pray, amen. ♪ thank you chaplain barstow. ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. please remain seated until the president and the official party have departed the ceremony. [applause]
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q&a.nday, on >> when we look at president obama's domestic legacy, i think there are two things that are very important. long-lasting, good consequences for the united states that can be summarized in four wards. -- forwards. his nominations to the supreme court. book,id talks about his rising star, the making of barack obama, which covers president obama's life up to winning the presidency. >> i think the point to
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emphasize here is that, over the course of his presidency, there were scores and scores of people in illinois who had known him years earlier, who were deeply disappointed with the two deck three of the obama -- with the trajectory of the obama's legacy. forgotinted that barack many of the people, most of the people who were essential to his political rise. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span q&a. >> this week, vice president pence share the first meeting of the presidential advisory which was established by executive order and tasked with studying federal election procedures and voting systems for potential vulnerabilities. vice president pence and president trump both spoke ahead of the meeting. the remarks are 10 minutes.

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