The USS John F. Kennedy, the second of the US Navy’s Gerald R. Ford-class advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, has reached 70% completion, according to the shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls.
Like the first-in-class Gerald R. Ford, the Kennedy is being constructed using a modular technique, in which smaller parts of the ship are welded to form larger chunks, called superlifts, that then come together.
The latest construction milestone came earlier this month when crews at Huntington Ingalls’ Newport News Shipbuilding shipyard dropped an 888-ton superlift – a 171-foot-long, 92-foot-wide section composed of berthing areas, electrical-equipment rooms, and workshops – into place between the carrier’s bow and midship.
Below, you can see footage of the superlift being moved into place by the company’s 1,157-ton gantry crane at Dry Dock 12.
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