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USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) aircraft carrier changed completion program

USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) aircraft carrier changed completion program

The newest American aircraft carrier, such as the Gerald R. Ford, USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), will be completed and transferred to the US Navy in one phase, not two. According to the website of the US Naval Institute (USNI News), on November 2 this year, the US Navy signed a new contract, changing the program for completing the aircraft carrier.

According to the initial contract between the Navy and Huntington Ingalls Industries, the construction of the new aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy was designed for a two-stage delivery. Those. at the first stage, the ship was transferred the fleet in the "basic" version and already on the second, the ship was retrofitted with additional equipment, including the integration of the deck version of the fifth generation F-35C fighters.

Now the decision has been made to complete the construction of the aircraft carrier in one stage. Under the new $ 315 million contract, a number of changes are being made to the construction program, including the integration of fighters before the carrier is handed over to the fleet. Accordingly, the date of delivery of the ship to the customer is also postponed. Instead of two dates: the end of the first stage - 2022 and the second stage - 2024, a single date was named - June 30, 2024. The current readiness of the aircraft carrier is estimated at 76%.

Recall that the official laying ceremony of the aircraft carrier took place on August 22, 2015, although in fact its construction began in December 2010, and the ceremony of the first steel cutting took place on February 25, 2011. The launching of the ship took place on December 7, 2019, at the same time the aircraft carrier was baptized. The ship's godmother was the daughter of US President John F. Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy.

The aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy is the second in a series of ten ships of the Gerald R. Ford type. New nuclear aircraft carriers should replace in the US Navy ships of the Nimitz type, which have been in service since 1975.

The new aircraft carriers have a length of 337 meters, a maximum width of 78 meters, and a displacement of about 100 tons. According to the declared characteristics, they can carry an air wing of up to 000 aircraft and helicopters. It is planned to carry F-90, F / A-35E / F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler aircraft, as well as MH-18R / S helicopters.
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  1. Boa kaa
    Boa kaa 4 November 2020 16: 42
    They are running out of deadlines, abolishing stages and stops ... Apparently, preparations have begun for something serious in the APR.
    China is also building its Type 03 with a horizontal deck. And in the village of fools it hasn't dawned yet ... I wouldn't oversleep.
    1. Tugarin
      Tugarin 4 November 2020 17: 38
      We calculated the costs, realized that with the same terms it was cheaper.
  2. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 4 November 2020 16: 46
    The timing is the same. Well, a powerful car ... probably dangerous ... terribly expensive, both in construction and in operation ... However, what can you do so that the debts cannot be reclaimed laughing
  3. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 4 November 2020 16: 56
    Plans for an aviation wing on AB by the early 30s.
  4. alma
    alma 4 November 2020 18: 14
    I would not be surprised if the timing now creeps to the right. Any changes to the process are usually worth the time.
    APASUS 4 November 2020 21: 19
    By the time the Gerald R. Ford - USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is built, its relevance may have changed dramatically.
    Imagine a swarm of 100 UAVs Green Dragon, IAI, Israel, they will not sink the aircraft carrier, but the fact that they will take it out of combat use is guaranteed.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 4 November 2020 21: 28
      Quote: APASUS
      Imagine a swarm of 100 UAVs Green Dragon, IAI,

      Why introduce? You can watch the tests of the American UAV swarm. Just with the F-18 launched.

      Here are other concepts:
  6. grandfather_Kostya
    grandfather_Kostya 4 November 2020 22: 03
    The ship's godmother was the daughter of US President John F. Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy.

    Give a sculpture of Caroline Kennedy under the bowsprit, otherwise there will be no move!