U.S. Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Future USS John F. Kennedy Hits Water For First Time

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding has begun the flooding of Dry Dock 12, where the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) has been under construction since 2015, on Oct. 29.

The floating process is expected to take around 10 hours. Following the floating, the vessel will be moved to an outfitting berth.

The future USS John F. Kennedy is the second supercarrier in the Navy’s newest Gerald R. Ford-class. On 25 February 2011, the Navy conducted the First Cut of Steel ceremony in Newport News, signaling the formal start of construction for John F. Kennedy. The ship’s keel was laid in Newport News, Virginia on 22 August 2015.

In July, it was announced that HII completed the installation of the final piece of the flight deck of the CVN 79. The christening of the vessel is planned for late 2019.

On Oct. 1, the ship’s crew was activated for the first time as Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) at a ceremony aboard the vessel at Newport News Shipbuilding.



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