Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The U.S. Navy's Next-Generation Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Is 70% Complete

Navy Times: Carrier John F. Kennedy's structure passes 70 percent completion

The structural work for the Navy’s next Ford-class aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy, is now 70 percent complete, according to a Feb. 22 Huntington Ingalls press release.

Kennedy, like the most recently manufactured aircraft carriers, is being built in stages of large, completely outfitted sections at the Newport News Shipyard.

The sections are being built outside of Dry Dock 12, where the ship is being assembled, and are lifted into place by a “superlift,” the yard’s 1,050-metric-ton gantry crane. From there, the sections are welded into place.

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Update: HHI Reports Progress on USS Kennedy (Maritime-Executive)

WNU Editor: From Maritime Executive .... USS Kennedy is scheduled to launch in 2020, and her delivery is expected in 2024. The third vessel in the class, USS Enterprise (CVN-80), is also under construction and is slated for delivery in 2027.

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