The CVX has been sunk. She was to have been the U.S. Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier, a major departure from the Nimitz (CVN-68)-class design. As lead ship for a new class, the CVX was to have been funded in fiscal year 2006 and join the fleet about 2013.
The CVX concept promised a more efficient warship, capable of handling advanced aircraft at a faster operating cycle, lower detection signatures (and hence enhanced survivability), decreased manning requirements, and significantly lower construction and operating costs. These and other advanced concepts were being studied at the Carrier Innovation Center of Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. The Center also was examining nonnuclear propulsion concepts for the ship, primarily gas turbines.
Eight carriers of the Nimitz class have been completed by Newport News Shipbuilding; the ninth, the Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), is under construction; and the tenth and final ship of the class, the CVN-77, was planned for funding in fiscal year 2002, with completion in 2008.