Trump commits to increase US Navy aircraft carrier fleet

5 March 2017 (Last Updated March 5th, 2017 18:30)

US President Donald J. Trump has committed to build a 12-carrier navy in an announcement made during a visit to the future USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier in Newport News, Virginia.

US President Donald J. Trump has committed to build a 12-carrier navy in an announcement made during a visit to the future USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier in Newport News, Virginia.

Trump said that he would rebuild the navy and provide all the required resources if and when his proposed budget is approved by Congress.

Trump has stated the budget calls for an end to sequestration spending cuts, as well as $54bn in additional funding for the Department of Defense in 2018.

Trump said: “We will give the men and women of America’s armed services the resources you need to keep us safe.

“We will have the finest equipment in the world – planes, ships and everything else.

"We will give our military the tools you need to prevent war and, if required, to fight war and only do one thing: win.

"We’re going to start winning again.”

"We will give the men and women of America’s armed services the resources you need to keep us safe; we will have the finest equipment in the world."

USS Gerald R. Ford will be built at a cost of $13bn and is expected to be commissioned later this year.

The Newport News Shipbuilding-built vessel will have a smaller crew than the Nimitz-class carriers, and will have the capacity to accommodate 70 aircraft.

USS Gerald R. Ford has 250% more electrical capacity than previous carriers and is set to be equipped with two newly designed reactors.

Huntington Ingalls Industries noted improvements will allow the ship to load weapons and launch aircraft faster than ever before.