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PCU (no name yet)   (CVN-81)

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General Characteristics
(As of December 2005)
Displacement: approximately 100,000 long tons (approximately 101,600 metric tons) full load
Dimensions: 1,092' x 134' (flight deck, 256')  /  332.8 x 40.8 (flight deck, 78) meters
Power plant: 2 nuclear reactors; 4 shafts
Speed: 30+ knots
Armament: Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile; Rolling Airframe Missile; CIWS
Aircraft: 75+
Crew: 4,660 (ship, air wing and staff)

Operational and Building Data

As of July 2018, "CVN-81 is scheduled to be procured in FY2023. [...] The Navy plans to request AP funding for the ship in FY2021 and FY2022, and then fully fund the ship in FY2023–FY2028 using congressionally authorized six-year incremental funding. The Navy's FY2019 budget submission programs the initial increment of AP funding for the ship in FY2021. The ship is scheduled for delivery to the Navy in September 2032." (Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress, 2 July 2018.)

The Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding a contract for two aircraft carriers, CVN-80 and CVN-81, the first of its kind since the 1980s. The company announced, 31 January 2019, that it received a contract modification valued at $15.2 billion for the detail design and construction of these two ships. (Read "Navy Awards Contract for Construction of Two Carriers", at the Navy website.)

CVN-81 will replace USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) upon entering the fleet.

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