Final piece of 780 tons of $ 11.3 billion nuclear-powered USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier being installed before launch later this year
- The last part of the USS John F. Kennedy weighs nearly 800 tons and was commissioned earlier this month
- Last piece, known as a superlift, took 18 months to build and weighs no less than 13 main battle tanks
- The addition of the upper bow deck section is one of the last steel structural units installed prior to launch
The last piece of the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft deck of $ 11.3 billion has been put in place.
With a weight of almost 800 tons, no less than 13 main battle tanks, the last part took a year and a half to build.
The addition of the upper bow section is one of the last steel structural units, known as a super lift, to be placed on Kennedy, also known as CVN 79.
With a weight of 780 tons, the superlift took 18 months to build, with the last piece on July 11, 2019. The hull of the carrier is 1,096 feet long and is longer than three football pitches.
The installation of the last piece of the $ 11.3 billion USS John F. Kennedy & # 39; s aircraft carrier at a shipyard in Virginia earlier this month
Artist & # 39; s impression of the completed USS John F. Kennedy expected to be launched later this year
It is being built at the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Virginia.
Mike Butler, Newport News Shipbuilding CVN 79 program director, said: & We are very pleased with the progress being made at Kennedy as we get closer to baptism later this year.
& # 39; The top bow is the last super lift that completes the ship's primary hull.
& # 39; This milestone bears witness to the important changes in the build strategy that we have implemented and to the men and women of Newport News Shipbuilding who do what no one else in the world can do. & # 39;
After the USS Gerald R. Ford, Kennedy will become the second nuclear-powered Ford-class aircraft carrier in the Navy, delayed due to unexpected problems and increased maintenance.
A spokesperson for Huntington Ingalls Industries said: & # 39; Kennedy is being built with an improved build strategy that includes the increased use of digital tools to build superlifts that are much larger and more complete on upright ships than on earlier airlines .
The last part of the cockpit weighs around 780 tons and took 18 months to build
& # 39; Using lessons learned and major strategy changes, Kennedy is on schedule with considerably fewer man-hours than the first ship in its class, Gerald R. Ford. & # 39;
More than 3,200 shipbuilders and 2,000 suppliers from all over the country support the construction of Kennedy.
The ship is in the initial phase of its test program and is on schedule to start at the end of this year. The baptism is scheduled for the end of 2019.
The completed USS John F. Kennedy (photo of an artist's impression)
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