A House panel wants the U.S. Navy to have the John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) to be capable of accommodating the F-35 upon delivery, but the service’s plan is to modify the brand-new aircraft carrier during a future post-delivery maintenance period before a planned Joint Strike Fighter deployment. Both Ford-class and Nimitz-class aircraft carriers can operate with Lockheed Martin F-35Cs, but modifications are required first. These include additional classified space, jet blast deflectors and ...

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