Our Bureau
05:24 AM, December 9, 2019
US Navy's New Gerald R. Ford Class Carried Christened USS John F. Kennedy
USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) aircraft carrier

The USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier was christened at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division on December 7.


It is the US Navy's second Gerald R. Ford class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.


HII was awarded $3.35 billion for the detail design and construction of the stealthy USS John F. Kennedy in 2015. The carrier is  powered by two new-design AB1 nuclear reactors manufactured by Bechtel. This class of ships can reportedly house 90 aircraft that includes two squadrons of ten to twelve F-35C Joint Strike Fighters, two squadrons of ten to twelve F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, five EA-18G Growler electronic attack jets, four E-2D Hawkeye airborne early-warning and control aircraft, and two C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) planes. It will also carry eight MH-60S Seahawk helicopters.