Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) reports that its Newport News Shipbuilding Division is making significant progress in the compartment and systems construction of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).
The shipyard recently passed the 20% mark on compartment completion, turning over more than 500 of the total 2,615 spaces to the ship’s crew. The most recently completed spaces include berthing, machinery and electrical. This allows sailors assigned to the pre-commissioning unit to continue training on the ship while final outfitting and testing progresses.
Newport News has also installed more than 8 million feet of cable — or more than 1,500 miles — of the approximately 10.5 million feet of cable in Kennedy.
“We are pleased with the progress being made on Kennedy,” said Lucas Hicks, vice president of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) aircraft carrier programs. “We are in the very early stages of systems testing, and look forward to successfully executing our work on equipment, systems and compartments that brings us closer to delivering the ship to the fleet.”
Kennedy is more than 80% complete overall, and is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2024