USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

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First float of the USS John F. Kennedy on October 29, 2019
First float of the USS John F. Kennedy on October 29, 2019

Newport News Shipbuilding

Order January 15, 2009
Keel laying 22nd August 2015
Launch 7th December 2019
Namesake John F. Kennedy
1. Period of service flag
Commissioning planned for 2022
Technical specifications

100,000  ts


333 meters


40.80 meters


11 meters




2 nuclear reactors A1B

PCU John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) is a United States Navy aircraft carrier under construction since February 2011and the second Gerald R. Ford-class ship .


John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–1963) was the 35th President of the United States of America . John F. Kennedy served as a naval officer during World War II and was in command of the PT speedboat PT-109 . CVN-79 is the third U.S. Navy ship named after a member of the Kennedy family. The aircraft carrier CV-67 carried the name John F. Kennedy from 1967 to 2007 .


Congressman Harry Mitchell proposed on December 7, 2007, the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, that the proposed CVN-79 aircraft carrier be named after the battleship USS Arizona sunk in Pearl Harbor . In 2009, Congressman John Shadegg proposed that the ship or subsequent aircraft carrier ( CVN-80 ) be named after US Senator Barry Goldwater from Arizona. On May 29, 2011, the US Department of Defense announced that the CVN-79 aircraft carrier would be named USS John F. Kennedy .


The bow will be assembled, September 2018

On January 15, 2009, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding was awarded a $ 374 million contract to design and prepare for John F. Kennedy . On February 25, 2011, the first steel plate for the new building was cut in a festive setting. The ceremony represented the formal start of construction of the John F. Kennedy . The since March 31, 2011 Huntington Ingalls Industries belonging Newport News Shipbuilding received on 11 August 2011, a contract extension in the amount of 56.5 million US dollars for further Material preparation of the construction. The keel was laid on August 22, 2015. After being launched on December 7, 2018, the ship was undocked in November 2019. The christening took place on December 7, 2019 at the Newport News shipyard by Caroline Kennedy with the traditional ceremony.

Web links

Commons : USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)  - collection of pictures, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. June 23, 2017, accessed June 23, 2017 (French).
  3. ^ Gerald R. Ford Class Aircraft Carrier
  4. Archive link ( Memento from March 24, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Expressing the sense of Congress that a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the Navy ... should be named the USS Barry M. Goldwater (engl.)
  6. News Release: Navy Names Next Aircraft Carrier USS John F. Kennedy (engl.)
  7. Construction Begins on Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier
  8. Northrop Grumman Board Approves Spin-off of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. ( Memento of 3 April 2016 Archive Internet ) (Engl.)
  9. HII Awarded $ 56.5 Million Construction Preparation Contract Modification for John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) ( Memento October 6, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) (Eng.)
  12. https://www.Video Release — Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Christened at Newport News Shipbuilding