US military shipbuilder HII has been engaged under contract modifications totalling US$393.3 million to shift the delivery strategy of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).
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Under the new delivery strategy for the US Navy, the second Gerald R. Ford Class aircraft carrier will be delivered on 31 July 2025.
The contract modification revises the previous delivery approach by shifting work previously planned for post-shakedown availability completion at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) into the baseline construction contract.
Lucas Hicks, John F. Kennedy new construction aircraft carrier program NNS vice-president, said the contract modification reflects extensive collaboration with the Navy to change the delivery strategy.
“This strategy will decrease post-delivery work required and increase ship capability and readiness at delivery,” he said.
“We understand the importance of Kennedy and look forward to delivering this mission-ready capability to the Navy.”
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is expected to support an enhanced flight deck, improved weapons handling systems, and a redesigned island as well as a new nuclear power plant, increased electrical power-generation capacity, and growth margin for future technologies.
Two other Ford Class aircraft carriers are currently under construction at NNS including the Enterprise (CVN 80) and Doris Miller (CVN 81).