President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and a number of other prominent officials took part in Saturday’s commissioning ceremony for the most advanced, and expensive, warship ever to sail the high seas, the USS Gerald R. Ford.  The nuclear powered super carrier, first of a class that will bear its name, is the largest carrier of any nation’s navy and is expected to serve as the new standard for America’s carrier fleet moving forward.

The new carrier, which boasts advanced automation, navigation systems, an upgraded set of nuclear reactors, and improved island and interior design, can operate with an estimated 700 fewer crew members than its predecessor, the Nimitz class of carriers, despite being nearly 3,000 tons larger overall.

“American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world: American might is second to none,” President Trump said to the crowd in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford

“Wherever this vessel cuts through the horizon, our allies will rest easy and our enemies will shake with fear because everyone will know that America is coming and America is coming strong,” he said.  “This ship is the deterrent that keeps us from having to fight in the first place, but this ship also ensures that if a fight does come, it will always end the same way. We will win… we will never lose.”