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Headline : Installation Of Final Piece Of $11.3 Billion Aircraft Carrier USS John F. Kennedy
Caption : These jaw-dropping scenes show the installation of the final piece of the $11.3 billion aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy’s flight deck.

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The addition of the upper bow section at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division in Virginia is one of the last steel structural units, known as a superlift, to be placed on Kennedy, also known as CVN 79.

Weighing 780 tons, the superlift took 18 months to build, with the last piece placed on 11 July, 2019.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry.

“We are very pleased with the progress being made on Kennedy as we inch closer to christening the ship later this year,” said Mike Butler, Newport News’ CVN 79 program director. “The upper bow is the last superlift that completes the ship’s primary hull. This milestone is testament to the significant build strategy changes we have made—and to the men and women of Newport News Shipbuilding who do what no one else in the world can do.”

Huntington Ingalls Industries say: “Kennedy is being built with an improved build strategy that includes the increased use of digital tools to build superlifts that are much larger and more complete at ship erect than on prior carriers. Leveraging lessons learned and key build strategy changes, Kennedy is on track to be built with considerably fewer man-hours than the first ship in its class, Gerald R. Ford.”

More than 3,200 shipbuilders and 2,000 suppliers from across the country are supporting the construction of Kennedy. The ship is in the early stages of its testing program and is on schedule to launch during the fourth quarter.

The christening is planned for late 2019.
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