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An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the USS Gerald R. Ford, July 28, 2017.

Trump tells troops that future US supercarriers are ‘going to use steam’ in a weird rant about an obsession he can’t seem to shake

President Donald Trump can't stand the new electromagnetic catapults the Navy has on its carriers, so he's suggesting the service use steam instead.
The USS Gerald R. Ford underway on its own power for the first time, April 8, 2017.

The Navy’s new $13 billion supercarriers have a high-tech feature that is apparently driving Trump crazy

Trump has called the USS Gerald R. Ford supercarrier a "100,000-ton message to the world," but there is one thing about it he just can't let go.

The $13 billion supercarrier the US Navy is staking its future on is late again as big problems persist

The US Navy's new supercarrier continues to face major problems, delaying its delivery to the fleet by at least three months.
Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier got a long-missing piece of gear in December, helping to solve a problem the Navy secretary has bet his job o...

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer once said he'd bet his job on finally outfitting the USS Gerald R. Ford with its weapons elevators.
Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

The Navy secretary made Trump a high-stakes promise: A major problem with the Navy’s new carrier will be fixed ‘or you can fire me’

As the first in its class, the USS Gerald R. Ford was expected to have problems, but the $13 billion aircraft carrier has attracted special attention.
President Donald Trump.

‘You have to be a computer genius’: Trump likened the Navy’s new catapult technology to learning the seat controls in a new car

Trump railed against the US Navy's decision to pass on his request for "goddamn steam" catapults for its aircraft carriers.

Trump revisited his disdain for the Navy’s ‘ridiculous’ new aircraft-launching system during an unrelated meeting about hurricane re...

Trump has often stated his dismay about the Navy's decision to use a new, electromagnetic launching system on its new aircraft carriers, and he returned to the topic during an unrelated meeting at FEMA headquarters this month.