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’s (CVN 72) refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) is scheduled for completion this fall, when it will return to the U.S. Navy Fleet for another 25 years of service.
  • CVN 73: USS George Washington (CVN 73), after serving seven years as the nation’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan, is scheduled to begin RCOH in 2017.
  • CVN 78: Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the lead ship in the new class of aircraft carriers, is scheduled to go to sea in 2017. It will undergo testing by the U.S. Navy as it gets ready for its first deployment.
  • CVN 79: John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), the second ship in the Ford-class, celebrated the beginning of the ship’s construction with a keel laying ceremony last August. Earlier in the year, the Navy awarded the detail design and construction contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries.
  • 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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