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NAVY CREW BEGINS TRAINING IN COMPLETED SPACES ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER JOHN F. KENNEDY (CVN 79)

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) has reached an important milestone in the construction of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) as the first of 2,700 compartments was turned over to the ship’s crew. The completed spaces allow sailors to begin training on the ship while final outfitting and testing progresses at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.

Earlier this month, sailors assigned to the pre-commissioning unit began coming onboard the ship and working in some of the compartments, which include a training facility, offices and habitability spaces.

Turning over crew training areas earlier in Kennedy’s construction was a key lesson learned from the construction of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). As a result, the Kennedy’s construction team was able to complete and turnover 63 compartments to the ship’s crew over four months earlier than on Ford.

“The first sailors coming onboard is a significant step in the life of the ship,” said Mike Butler, program director for Kennedy. “Our completing and turning over these spaces to the crew will allow them to start on-hands, shipboard training, and learn the systems and components they will operate when the ship joins the fleet.”

Christened and launched in December 2019, Kennedy continues to come to life.

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Donny Dorsey (right), Ingalls DDG 119 ship program manager; Commander Matthew McKenna (center), DDG 119 prospective commanding officer; and Peter T. Christman III, DDG 51 Project Office, SUPSHIP Gulf Coast, practice safe social distancing while signing the DD 250 transferring custody of Delbert Black (DDG 119) to the United States Navy on Friday, April 24, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Photo by Lance Davis/HII

Over the next two and a half years, other spaces, such as berthing and mess areas, will be completed, and distributive, mechanical and combat systems, such as catapults and radar arrays, will be tested.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division supports national security missions around the globe with unmanned systems, defense and federal solutions, nuclear and environmental services, and fleet sustainment. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 42,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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Kennedy Compartments Turned Over To Ship's Crew

Aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy program director Mike Butler (left) and Capt. Todd Marzano (right), the ship’s commanding officer, cut a ribbon inside of a classroom on the ship to mark the completion and turnover of the first of 2,700 compartments to the ship’s crew. Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII

Feb 28, 2020

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