President Trump Visits Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

President Donald J. Trump addressed Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Newport News during a visit to the first-in-class aircraft carrier March 2.

“This carrier and the new ships in the Ford class will expand the ability of our nation to carry out vital missions on the oceans and to project American power in distant lands,” Trump said to an audience of over 3,500.

Read more on Navy.mil, watch President Trump’s remarks and go behind the scenes in the photos below.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump arrives aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on Marine One for a tour of the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elizabeth Thompson/Reelased)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump arrives aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on Marine One for a tour of the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elizabeth Thompson/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump departs Marine One to begin his tour of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Connor Loessin/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump departs Marine One to begin his tour of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Connor Loessin/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump tours Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump tours Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump tours Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Released/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump tours Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Released/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump gives a thumbs-up to the audience after his tour of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Connor Loessin/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump gives a thumbs-up to the audience after his tour of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Connor Loessin/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump greets Sailors after entering the hangar bay aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump greets Sailors after entering the hangar bay aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 02, 2017) Susan Bales Ford, sponsor of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), introduces President Donald J. Trump. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Joshua Sheppard/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 02, 2017) Susan Bales Ford, sponsor of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), introduces President Donald J. Trump. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Joshua Sheppard/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 02, 2017) President Donald J. Trump speaks with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Joshua Sheppard/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 02, 2017) President Donald J. Trump speaks with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Joshua Sheppard/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump passes through the ceremonial rainbow sideboys upon his departure from the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elizabeth Thompson/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 2, 2017) President Donald J. Trump passes through the ceremonial rainbow sideboys upon his departure from the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elizabeth Thompson/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Mar. 2,, 2017) President Donald J. Trump salutes the rainbow sideboys before his departure of the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Released)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Mar. 2,, 2017) President Donald J. Trump salutes the rainbow sideboys before his departure of the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Released)