Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that it will host a keel-laying ceremony for the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).
The event will be held at the Company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division alongside Dry Dock 12 on Saturday, August 22.
The ship’s sponsor and daughter of the ship’s namesake, Caroline Kennedy, will participate via video.
Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the first new design for an aircraft carrier since Nimitz (CVN 68). The ship will be equipped with two newly-designed reactors and has 250 percent more electrical capacity than previous carriers. The improvements will allow the ship to load weapons and launch aircraft faster than ever before.
Naval Today Staff, Image: HII