Ready for the 21st Century
John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is the second aircraft carrier in the Ford Class. It is also the second aircraft carrier built by Newport News Shipbuilding named for JFK. Like its forerunner CVN 78, Kennedy is a truly electric aircraft carrier, with many of the systems powered by steam on Nimitz-class carriers now powered by electricity. The ship is designed to save the Navy $4 billion in total ownership cost over the ship's 50-year lifespan, with fewer overall components, extended drydocking interval, improved ship-wide air conditioning, and more.
The Ship's Sponsor of CVN 79 is President Kennedy's daughter Caroline Kennedy. Learn more
As the same shipbuilders begin construction on
Kennedy, the challenge is to reduce the cost of each
consecutive ship in the Ford Class while maintaining the class’
increased capability. Shipbuilders have captured 60,000 lessons-learned
from the seven-year process of building Gerald R. Ford, many that are already being
implemented as cost-saving initiatives in building Kennedy.
Tale of Two Kennedy's
On May 27, 1967, a crowd estimated at more than 30,000 poured into Newport News Shipbuilding to witness the launch of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVA 67). The crowd watched as the president's daughter, Caroline Kennedy, performed her ceremonial duty as Ship's Sponsor - smashing a bottle of American sparking wine across the bow of the ship.
Caroline Kennedy, now the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, will sponsor the second aircraft carrier named for her father. During the Aug. 22 keel laying ceremony, her initials will be welded onto a steel plate which will later become a permanent fixture in the ship. Watch the keel laying
Photo: Caroline Kennedy smashes a bottle of American sparking wine across the bow of John F. Kennedy (CVA 67) in 1967. Image courtesy of the Daily Press.