John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Superlift



Shipbuilders lifted a 704-metric-ton unit into Dry Dock 12 where the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is taking shape. The superlift is an improved build strategy implemented on Ford-class carriers, combining several lifts into one. For Kennedy, the superlift has increased pre-outfitting and puts into practice several other lessons learned from Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The unit, which has been under construction since August 2015, is made up of 22 smaller units and comprises small equipment and machinery rooms, berthing and other quality of life spaces such as the barber shop and post office. It measures about 80 feet long and 105 feet wide,