C4iSR: Maritime

Newport News Shipbuilding shifts focus to Kennedy elevators

09 December 2019

Work to alleviate the Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) problems that have plagued lead ship aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) should proceed more easily on the second ship of the class, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), said Mike Butler, CVN 79 programme director for Newport News Shipbuilding, the Huntington Ingalls Industries unit building the carriers.

With Ford having recently completed a maintenance overhaul, the shipyard has begun to shift Kennedy workers who moved to CVN 78 back to help with work on CVN 79, Butler told Jane’s, including shipbuilders who had been working on Ford’s elevator issues.

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