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John F. Kennedy II (CVN-79)

The second U.S. Navy ship named for the 35th President of the United States. For his biography see John F. Kennedy I (CVA-67).

The second John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) – a Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)-class multi-purpose aircraft carrier – was laid down on 20 July 2015 at Newport News, Va., by the Newport News Shipbuilding Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries; and reached the mid-point in her construction on 31 August 2018.

The shipyard reached another milestone in her construction on 28 September 2018, when, by using an improved build strategy that included the use of digital technologies to improve efficiencies, the company lowered the final piece of the ship’s underwater hull into place. The joining of the 726-ton lower bow -- one of the heaviest superlifts fitted onto the carrier -- included the distinctive bulbous feature, measured more than 64 feet in height and 54 feet in width, and consisted of 84,000 square feet of tanks and chain lockers. The event marked the completion of the section of John F. Kennedy below the waterline, and extended the warship an additional 122 feet.

Robert J. Cressman
26 February 2018

Updated by Mark L. Evans
1 October 2018

Published: Mon Oct 01 09:42:36 EDT 2018