ACIBC Fact Sheet: Recent Developments

Recent Developments in Aircraft Carrier Construction and Maintenance

  • Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was christened and 
launched on November 9, 2013.

    Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) will undergo testing by the
    U.S. Navy as it prepares for its first deployment.

    CVN 72: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was redelivered to the U.S. Navy in May 2017 following its four-year RCOH. In late 2017, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) deployed in support of Hurricane Irma disaster relief and completed fleet carrier qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II program in March, 2018.
  • CVN 73: USS George Washington (CVN 73) began its scheduled four-year midlife RCOH in August, 2017. It is expected to complete RCOH in 2021 and return to Japan as the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in the region.
  • CVN 75: USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) recently returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk. The return marked the end of a three month long deployment with its Carrier Strike Group that included striking ISIS in Syria, expanding partnerships and exercising with allies.
  • CVN 78: USS Gerald F. Ford (CVN 78), the lead ship in the new class of aircraft carriers was commissioned on July 22, 2017. It is currently undergoing testing by the U.S. Navy as it gets ready for deployment.
  • CVN 79: John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), the second ship in the Ford-class, recently attained 75% structural completion in May with the successful installation of the forward section of the ship’s main deck and first piece of the carrier flight deck. A total of more than 350 of the aircraft carrier’s 447 sections are currently in place following the completion of the latest superlifts.
  • CVN 80: Enterprise (CVN 80) advanced procurement is scheduled to begin in 2016 and construction of the ship is to start in 2018. Cost savings due to economic order quantity (EOQ) procurement can be captured in the Ford-class program if CVN 81 material procurement is coupled with Enterprise.
  • CVN 81: Accelerated authorization of CVN 81 will allow the shipbuilder to execute the most cost effective material procurement and construction schedule for a two-ship buy, resulting in a savings of more than $2 billion over both ships’ construction. Much of this savings is derived from the industrial base benefiting from an optimized procurement schedule. 

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