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CVN-79 artist's depiction.
|Namesake:||John S. McCain III|
|Awarded:||April 10, 2009|
|Builder:||Northrop Grumman Newport News & Electric Boat|
|Laid down:||est. 2009|
|Status:||Currently in Design and Development stage|
|Class and type:||Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier|
|Length:||1,092 ft (333 m)|
|Beam:||134 ft (41 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 x A1B reactor|
|Endurance:||Limited only by food|
|Armament:|| 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.