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Navy to Update 2 Dry Docks to Accommodate Ford-Class Carriers

Navy to Update 2 Dry Docks to Accommodate Ford-Class Carriers

Newport News Shipbuilding floods Dry Dock 12 to float the first-in-class aircraft carrier, Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on Oct. 11, 2013. Navy photo

Only one of the Navy’s 18 dry docks used for maintaining the nuclear-powered carrier fleet can support a Ford-class carrier, Navy officials told USNI News.

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HII: Future Carrier John F. Kennedy Construction Costs Down, Ship Will Launch Next Year

HII: Future Carrier John F. Kennedy Construction Costs Down, Ship Will Launch Next Year

The final piece of the underwater hull of the future aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is lowered into place at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding in September. Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Huntington Ingalls Industries executives expect the future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) to launch by the end of 2019, which is ahead of schedule and will occur roughly six years since the christening of first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).

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Navy, Newport News Seeking Ways to Cut Carrier Costs, Introduce More Competition

Navy, Newport News Seeking Ways to Cut Carrier Costs, Introduce More Competition

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) under construction in 2013. Newport News Shipbuilding photo.

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) under construction in 2013. Newport News Shipbuilding photo.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said the Navy is making good progress learning lessons from first-in-class Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) aircraft carrier and lowering costs for the follow-on John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), but he said more innovative ideas might be needed to introduce competition and continue to cut out cost. Read More

From Ensign to Commander-in-Chief: A Look at the Presidents Who Served in the U.S. Navy Reserve

From Ensign to Commander-in-Chief: A Look at the Presidents Who Served in the U.S. Navy Reserve

Every president may be the commander-in-chief, but not all have military experience to inform that responsibility. Even fewer have served in the Navy – only six. (Two more, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, served as assistant secretary of the Navy.) Those six presidents – six out of seven presidents in a row, after a long history of White House executives with exclusively Army and militia backgrounds – spent time in the U.S. Navy Reserve performing a variety of missions. In honor of the U.S. Navy Reserve’s centennial celebration, here is a look at America’s seafaring presidents. Read More