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Hitting the water: Newport News shipyard floats the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy

Pre-Commissioning Unit John F. Kennedy reaches another milestone in its construction as its dry dock area is flooded October 29, 2019, three months ahead of its slated production schedule leading up to the christening of the second Ford-class aircraft carrier, scheduled for Dec. 7. Kennedy is currently under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

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By HUGH LESSIG | Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) | Published: October 29, 2019

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Tribune News Service) — Newport News Shipbuilding turned on the faucets in a big way Tuesday, flooding the dry dock where the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy has been undergoing construction.

The stage is set for the ship’s christening on Dec. 7, an event that will draw thousands to the shipyard.

The Kennedy is the second carrier of the Gerald R. Ford Class, next-generation ships with greater electrical output that can accommodate near-future weapons like lasers and rail guns. But for the short-term future, shipbuilders at Newport News will continue to work on the ship.

The Newport News shipyard, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the only shipyard that designs and builds nuclear-powered aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy.

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Pre-Commissioning Unit John F. Kennedy awaits thwe flooding of its dry dock area October 29, 2019, at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.
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