The US Navy has recently rewarded the HII with a $393.3-million modification contract to improve the ship delivery strategy of the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) aircraft carrier.
The deal will enhance ship delivery abilities, define unpriced change orders, and offer more advanced and much-needed engineering and integrated logistics support for the second vessel of the Gerald Ford class.
The deal is expected to push back the initial handover date of CVN 79 from June 2024 to July 2025.
The contract modification reflects an improved tie-up with the Navy, as their choice to modify the delivery method, HII Newport News Shipbuilding CVN 79, has been supported, Lucas Hicks, the Program VP, stated.
Hicks added that the strategy would decrease the post-delivery tasks needed and increase the vessel’s capability and readiness during delivery. The importance of Kennedy is well-received, and there is hope for successfully delivering such a mission-ready capability to the Navy.
The USS John F. Kennedy
The CVN 79 nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will be integrated with different enhancements from the original and initial Ford-class design. The new enhancements will be applied to the vessel’s flight deck, a redesigned island, and next-gen weapons handling mechanisms to sustain increased operability, enhanced efficiency, and lowered manning requirements.
Besides, the CVN 79 will boast a new nuclear power plant, better compatibility with advanced technologies, and an advanced electrical power generation capacity.
Two new Ford-class carriers are also under construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding, including the USS Doris Miller (CVN 81) and the USS Enterprise (CVN 80).
References: GlobeNewswire, The Defense Post, Naval Technology, Navy Recognition
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