USS Gerald R. Ford
(CVN 78)

The first ship in the Ford-class has been delivered to the Navy.

John F. Kennedy
(CVN 79)

Construction is already well underway on the second ship in the Ford-class.

(CVN 80)

The third Ford-class carrier will carry on the name of Enterprise.

Building Integrity, Building Ford

Take a journey with NNS shipbuilders as
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) comes to life.

Dec. 17, 2019

NNS Launches Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

Nine days after christening the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Newport News Shipbuilding launched John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) into the James River for the first time. View video release

Dec. 7, 2019

John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Christened at Newport News Shipbuilding

In a ceremony celebrating shipbuilders, Newport News Shipbuilding christened aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) on Saturday, Dec. 7.
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Oct. 29, 2019

Newport News Shipbuilding Floods John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Dry Dock

Newport News Shipbuilding flooded the dry dock where aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) has been under construction since its keel was laid in 2015.
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July 11, 2019

Flight Deck Completed on John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

The installation of the final piece of John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) flight deck is example of how transformative construction methods and the latest industrial technology are being used to improve the way the ship is being built. View video release

May 29, 2019

Newport News Shipbuilding Lands Island on John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

Newport News Shipbuilding celebrated the landing of the island onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). The 588-ton island is the control tower for flight deck operations. View video release

Jan. 31, 2019

NNS Awarded $15.2 Billion Block Contract For Two Ford-Class Carriers

For the first time in more than three decades, Newport News Shipbuilding has been awarded a multi-ship contract from the U.S. Navy to build two Ford-class aircraft carriers: Enterprise (CVN 80) and CVN 81. View video release