Saturday, July 22, 2017

USS John F. Kennedy, CVN-79

With help from President Donald Trump, the U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Gerald R. Ford on Saturday at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. The president called the USS Gerald R. Ford "the pride of the United States Navy." The $12.9 billion Gerald R. Ford was originally expected to be delivered in 2014 but has been beset by delays, cost overruns and technological problems.

The aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is now 50 percent structurally complete. The ship is currently under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding. The 50 percent milestone was reached as the 70-foot lower stern was lifted into place. The John F. Kennedy will be the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier and is being built like the first, using a modular construction process.
Ever since the USS Enterprise retired in 2012, the Navy has had 10 aircraft carriers, with the Ford soon to be commissioned as the 11th. It remains to be seen if the $2.4 billion over-budget Ford will be repeated with the John F. Kennedy.

“In hindsight,” said Adm. Thomas Moore, head of Naval Sea Systems Command, "the Navy should have tested the Ford’s ambitious new systems more extensively on shore before installing them aboard ship."
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