Final Superlift Marks Structural Completion of CVN 79

July 19, 2019 – The Navy’s next aircraft carrier met another major milestone , as shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls’ Newport News Shipbuilding division successfully installed PCU John F. Kennedy’s (CVN 79) final major steel structural section, known as a superlift, July 9. CVN 79’s final superlift, comprising the upper bow section and the forward portion of the flight deck, weighed 780 tons and took 18 months to construct. “Getting this superlift in place completes the major ship erection activities on the JFK and allows the shipbuilder to focus on the final…

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John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Reaches Key Milestone

May 29, 2019 – John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) reached a key milestone on May 29, 2019, when the island house was lowered onto the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) division. Weighing in at 588 tons, the 56-foot long, 33-foot wide island will sit atop the flight deck and serve as the command center for flight deck operations aboard the second aircraft carrier in the Gerald R. Ford class. It will house the navigation bridge, primary flight control, radar and other systems. The…

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Island Placed on Aircraft Carrier John F Kennedy (CVN 79)

May 29, 2019 – Digital technology marked the exact location where Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) landed the island onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) during a ceremony today at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. The event coincided with the birthday of the ship’s namesake, former President John F. Kennedy. “Landing the island is a key milestone in preparing the ship for launch in the fall,” said Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding. “Reaching this milestone on schedule demonstrates the significant lessons…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Use of Digital Technology Drives Latest Construction Milestone For Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

September 28, 2018 – An improved build strategy, which includes the use of digital technologies to improve efficiencies, has allowed Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division to reach another milestone in the construction of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). The company on Friday lowered the final piece of the ship’s underwater hull into place. The joining of the 726-ton lower bow, which includes the distinctive bulbous feature, completes the section of the ship below the waterline and extends the nuclear-powered warship an additional 122 feet. At…

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HII Reaches 50% Completion in Construction of Future John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

August 31, 2018 – Newport News Shipbuilding division reached the midpoint in the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN 79) following the installation of one of the largest units on the ship. Weighing approximately 905 metric tons, the unit is one of the heaviest of the planned steel structures, known as superlifts, that will be joined together to make up the second ship in the Gerald R. Ford class. The superlift of the aft section of the ship between the hangar bay and flight deck is 80 feet long,…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Completes 70 Percent of the Structural Work on the Future Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has built 70 percent of the structures necessary to complete the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXiy2YIpMjU[/embedyt] Like its predecessor, the first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Kennedy is being built with a modular construction technique where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form larger structures called superlifts. The superlifts are pre-outfitted and hoisted into Dry Dock 12—where the ship is being built—by the company’s 1,050-metric ton gantry crane. Shipbuilders have…

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