Future USS John F. Kennedy is 75 percent structurally complete

USS John F. Kennedy Construction

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP/WAVY) — The nation’s next aircraft carrier is now 75 percent structurally complete.

Huntington Ingalls Industries said Monday that a 750-metric-ton section was installed on the main deck of the future USS John F. Kennedy. The ship has been under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding since 2015.

Huntington Ingalls released video Monday of the section being installed. (App users can watch the video here).

The ship is being built using modular construction, meaning 341 of the Kennedy’s total 447 sections are now in place. Huntington Ingalls said the first two generators for an electromagnetic aircraft launch system were also recently installed.

The Kennedy is the second ship in its class, following the USS Gerald R. Ford, which was commissioned in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk in July.

The Kennedy is scheduled to be christened in 2019, and delivered to the Navy in 2022.

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