Meet the Ship's Sponsor
John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)
Caroline Kennedy is the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, the first woman to do so.
An author and attorney, Ambassador Kennedy has written eleven best-selling books on the U.S. Constitution, civics and poetry. She continues to honor her family’s deep commitment to public service through her work as President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.
For more than a decade, she was a leader in New York City’s public school reform efforts, building public-private partnerships and engaging a record number of New Yorkers to volunteer in public schools. In Japan, Ambassador Kennedy worked to increase the number and scope of U.S.-Japanese student exchanges, supported the empowerment of Japanese women, and strengthened the security relationship between the United States and Japan.
Ambassador Kennedy is married to Edwin Schlossberg, Ph.D., the founder and principal designer of ESI Design, the design firm that recently created the new Statue of Liberty Museum. They are the parents of three children: Rose, Tatiana and Jack.
Quick Facts about CVN 79
- Kennedy is the 2nd ship of the Ford class.
- At an official naming ceremony at the JFK Library, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CVN 79 would be called the USS John F. Kennedy. The announcement was made on what would have been the 94th birthday of President John F. Kennedy.
- CVN 79 marks the second aircraft carrier to be named for the late president. The first, a conventionally-powered carrier, served from 1968 to 2007 and was also built by Newport News Shipbuilding.
- Shipbuilders have captured tens of thousands of lessons-learned from the process of building Gerald R. Ford, many that are already being implemented as cost-saving initiatives in building John F. Kennedy.