VIDEO: Superlift takes CVN 79 to 50 percent completion

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Newport News Shipbuilding lifted the lower stern unit onto the nuclear aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). CVN 79's lower stern consists of 30 individual units and includes the ship's rudders, steering gear rooms, and electrical power distribution room On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Newport News Shipbuilding lifted the lower stern unit onto the nuclear aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). CVN 79's lower stern consists of 30 individual units and includes the ship's rudders, steering gear rooms, and electrical power distribution room

JUNE 23, 2017 — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) grew about 70 feet in length yesterday when the ship's lower stern was lifted into place at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division, where the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier is now 50 percent structurally complete.

"This is a significant milestone in the ship's construction schedule," said Mike Shawcross, Newport News' vice president, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and Enterprise (CVN 80) aircraft carrier construction. "We are halfway through lifting the units onto the ship, and many of the units are larger and nearly all are more complete than the CVN 78 lifts were. This is one of many lessons learned from the construction of the lead ship that are helping to reduce construction costs and improve efficiencies on Kennedy."

After several days of preparations, the 932-metric ton lower stern lift took about an hour to complete, thanks to a team of about 25 shipbuilders—from riggers and the crane operator to shipwrights and ship fitters. The lower stern consists of 30 individual units and includes the ship's rudders, steering gear rooms and electrical power distribution room. The carrier is on track to be completed with 445 lifts, which is 51 fewer than Ford and 149 fewer than USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the last Nimitz-class carrier.

 

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