Ship’s Sponsor Christens Future USS John F Kennedy

December 7, 2019 – With more than 20,000 attendees, President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, the Honorable Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, officially christened Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) during a Huntington-Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) division ceremony in Newport News, Dec. 7. Kennedy thanked the Navy, Newport News Shipbuilding, as well as the…

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Future USS John F Kennedy Now Afloat

October 19, 2019 – Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) marked another milestone leading up to the christening of the second Ford-class aircraft carrier as Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) flooded the ship’s dry dock Oct. 29. PCU John F. Kennedy has been under construction at its Newport News location since 2015 and continues to makes preparations…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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General Atomics’ Advanced Arresting Gear System Completes Performance Testing for Turboprop Aircraft

October 2, 2018 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) performance testing has been successfully completed for the C-2A Greyhound, E-2C+ Hawkeye, and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The testing supports the Navy’s development of a propeller Aircraft Recovery Bulletin (ARB), which is a prerequisite for arresting propeller aircraft aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN…

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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…

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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…

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Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy Reaches 75 Percent Structural Completion

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced April 30th that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is 75 percent structurally complete following the recent installation of the forward area of the ship’s main deck. Kennedy, the second ship in the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers, has been taking shape at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division since the ship’s…

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