John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Christening Ceremony

December 7, 2019

Kennedy Christening Ceremony

Newport News Shipbuilding christened aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) on Dec. 7, 2019. During the ceremony, Ship’s Sponsor Caroline Kennedy broke a bottle of American sparkling wine on the carrier’s hull, officially naming the ship as part of the time-honored ship christening tradition.

Event Photos

To view and download photos taken by Newport News Shipbuilding event staff photographers during the John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Christening Ceremony, visit the Huntington Ingalls Industries Flickr account. Photos can be downloaded when accessed on a desktop computer. To download a photo, click on an image and then click on the arrow that appears on the right-hand menu.

Powering the Future

  • More than 5,000 American shipbuilders and 2,000 suppliers from across the country are supporting John F. Kennedy’s (CVN 79) construction.
  • CVN 79 is being built with digital technology and modular construction. One hundred and fifty-five superlifts makeup the carrier’s hull; lifts are heavier, require fewer man hours, and are less frequent compared to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), minimizing safety risks and costs.
  • Kennedy is the most efficient aircraft carrier ever designed, enabling the U.S. Navy to operate the ship with less manpower – saving the Navy more than $4 billion over the ship’s 50-year life.
  • At completion, Kennedy will weigh nearly 100,000 tons – as much as 400 Statues of Liberty.
  • When delivered, Kennedy will be a “floating city,” capable of accommodating 4,660 personnel and 75 aircraft.
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