USS John S. McCain CVN-79 artwork
CVN-79 artist's depiction.
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Namesake: John S. McCain III
Awarded: April 10, 2009
Builder: Northrop Grumman Newport News & Electric Boat
Cost: $5.1 billion
Laid down: est. 2009
Commissioned: est. 2015
Status: Currently in Design and Development stage
General characteristics
Class and type: Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: 100,000 tons
Length: 1,092 ft (333 m)
Beam: 134 ft (41 m)
Propulsion:2 x A1B reactor
Speed: 30+ knots
Range: Essentially unlimited
Endurance: Limited only by food
Complement: 4,660

Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile
Rolling Airframe Missile
Close-in weapons system (CIWS)
Aircraft carried: More than 75
Aviation facilities: 1,092 x 256 foot flight deck
Notes: Nuclear powered supercarrier

USS John S. McCain (CVN-79) is the second of three Gerald R. Ford-class supercarriers in the United States Navy. Construction of this ship (if authorized) would not begin before 2010. As announced by the U.S. Navy, the ship will be named after the 43rd President of the United States, John S. McCain, whose Vietnam War naval service included combat duty aboard the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal USS Oriskany.

USS John S. McCain is scheduled to be laid down in 2010, nearly concurrently with the commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford. Construction work has begun; on 11 August 2008, Northrop Grumman held a ceremonial steel cut for a 15-ton plate that will form part of a side shell unit of the carrier. The schedule calls for the ship to join the U.S. Navy’s fleet in 2017.

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