John F. Kennedy (CVN 79),the second carrier in the new Ford-class, is already in early stages of construction at Newport News Shipbuilding, with the first cut of steel commemorated in 2011. The new class of aircraft carrier is the most efficient design ever, reducing required maintenance by 30 percent over the previous class of carriers. Each ship in the new class is projected to save the Navy approximately $4 billion in operational costs over its 50-year life. The new class is also designed to generate 25 percent more sorties (flight missions) per day on its 5-acre flight deck. Weighing nearly 100,000 tons, John F.Kennedy (CVN 79) will be capable of reaching speeds in excess of 30+ knots.
Our engineers utilize a three-dimensional modeling tool to plan out every aspect of the ship. In December of 2011, the Navy awarded NNS $114 million for CVN 79 engineering work.
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Progress update: John F. Kennedy first cut of steel
On Feb 25, 2011, CVN 79 commemorated the first cut of steel.
Feb. 25, 2011
First cut of steel
50% Structural Completion
75% Structural Completion