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NNS sees no great difficulty in making JFK delivery change

30 October 2019
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The US Navy is considering changing the delivery plan for aircraft carrier (CVN 79). Source: IHS Markit/Michael Fabey

The Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding yard would have little difficulty in making a delivery change for the aircraft carrier John F Kennedy - as is being considered by the US Navy (USN), Mike Butler, Ford-class aircraft carrier John F Kennedy (CVN 79) programme director, said.

Currently, Kennedy is slated for two-phased delivery arrangement. For the first phase, the ship's hull and basic infrastructure would be delivered, leaving combat systems equipment and some other systems for installation for the second delivery.

The dual delivery was meant to save initial construction funding as well as cut down on rework. Combat system equipment installed on a carrier within the traditional construction timeline would often prove to be obsolete by the time the ship was delivered, requiring replacement, upgrades, and related improvements. By saving combat system installation until later in the process, the USN planned to avoid such an overhaul.

But James Geurts, assistant secretary of the navy for research, development, and acquisition, told reporters on 28 October during a briefing at the Pentagon he is considering doing a single-phase delivery instead.

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