CVN 79 John F. Kennedy  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2023
Total Production: 10
Unitary Cost: USD$11 billion
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Huntington Ingalls Industries and Newport News Shipbuilding
Parent System: CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 22 July 2017
Total Production: 11
Total Cost: USD$40 billion
Family Members: CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford
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Description: The US Navy's CVN 21 is a new class of aircraft carrier considered as a Nimitz class follow-on designed to operate well into the 21st century and to survive to the next generation threats. It will be very automated reducing crew workload and increasing efficiency. The CVN 21 aircraft carrier will feature an entirely new nuclear propulsion plant with fewer operators and lowering life cycle costs. The ship will replace current steam systems with electrical auxiliaries. The new carrier will be provided with new sensors, a new safer aircraft recovery system, and other systems that will reduce operational costs and workload. The US Navy original plans called for the procurement of two CVN 21 carriers through 2018. It was expected that in 2018 the US Navy will aircraft carrier fleet will consists of 10 Nimitz class and 2 CVN 21 class carriers. A third CVN 21 class carrier was meant to be commissioned in 2025 replacing the CVN 68 USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. The program was re-named CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford and calls for the procurement of 11 ships by 2058.

The US Navy's CVN 79 John F. Kennedy class differs from the CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford because the Dual Band Radar (DBR) was replaced by the less capable but more affordable Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) along with the SPQ-9B fire control radar. This change was carried out by the US Navy in order to reduce costs of the newest aircraft carriers while providing increased commonality across platforms. The CVN 79 will be commissioned in the 2023-2025 timeframe with another nine additional aircraft carriers to follow through 2058. These aircraft carriers will operate the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne radar aircraft and the F-35C Lightning II stealth fighter as well as a variety of rotary wing aircraft. Before 2030 this ship will operate the emerging UCLASS unmanned combat aircraft as well as the F/A-XX sixth generation combat aircraft beyond 2035.

CVN 79 John F. Kennedy Specifications

Service Life: 50 year
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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CVN 79 John F. Kennedy News

There are 7 news between
1 Apr 2015 and 19 Mar 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019US Navy EASR Radar to Enter Live Testing
Thursday, January 31, 2019US Navy Awards Contract for Construction CVN 80 and CVN 81 Aircraft Carriers
Wednesday, April 26, 2017Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar Completes Major Design Review
Thursday, September 22, 2016US Navy Aircraft Carriers to Feature AN/SPN-50 Air Traffic Control Radar
Friday, April 1, 2016US Navy's Aircraft Carrier Advanced Arresting Gear Completes First Aircraft Arrestment
Friday, June 5, 2015US Navy Awards $4.29 Billion Contract for CVN 79 USS John F. Kennedy Aircraft Carrier
Wednesday, April 1, 2015US Navy to Provide Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar to LHA 8 and CVN 79 Aircraft Carriers

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 101
Combat Aircraft
EA-18G Growlerx7
F-35C Lightning IIx20
F/A-18E Super Hornetx36
F/A-18F Super Hornetx36
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
Support Aircraft
CMV-22B Osprey
E-2D Advanced Hawkeyex4
MH-60R Strikehawk

CVN 79 John F. Kennedy Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
CVN 79 USS John F. Kennedy7 Dec 20192023-
CVN 80 USS Enterprise20232027-
CVN 81 USS Doris Miller-2032-
CVN 82 -2033-
CVN 83 -2034-
CVN 84 -2038-
CVN 85 -2043-
CVN 86 -2048-
CVN 87 -2053-
CVN 88 -2058-

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