NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Another milestone was reached at Newport News Shipbuilding in the construction of the Navy's next aircraft carrier.

A superlift moved the upper bow section of the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) on Wednesday, completing the ship's primary hull and flight deck.

Weighing 780 tons, the upper bow superlift took 18 months to build.

Using new strategies and lessons learned from the construction of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the Kennedy is on track to be built with fewer man-hours.

A christening is planned for late 2019

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