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JFK carrier is now 50 percent complete

WASHINGTON — The future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy, the next ship in the Ford class, is now 50 percent complete, according to the Newport News Naval Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls.

The ship reached the halfway point after a “superlift,” where one of the largest construction units on the ship — a 905-metric-ton aft section — was installed, according to the company news release. That section is 80 feet long, 110 feet wide and four decks in height, the shipbuilder said.

The ship is set to be launched in late 2019.

The Kennedy is the second of at least four planned ships of the Ford class. The lead ship, the Gerald R. Ford, was commissioned last year and is undergoing post-commissioning work. According to Newport News Naval Shipbuilding, the superlift used on the Kennedy will be used for the next two ships of the class, the Enterprise and the unnamed CVN 81.

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