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Caroline Kennedy to christen carrier named after her father

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline will participate in the christening of a new aircraft carrier that’s named after the 35th U.S. president.

Newport News Shipbuilding said the christening of the aircraft carrier John Kennedy will occur Saturday at the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia.

Caroline Kennedy is the sponsor of her father’s namesake ship. She will smash a bottle of American sparkling wine across the carrier’s hull.

photo_camera Three different views of the ship's island as it's hauled up and across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy on Wednesday at Huntington Ingalls Newport News, where the ship is being built. (Mark D. Faram/Staff)
How the new flattop John F. Kennedy got its island

The Navy's second Ford-class aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy, now looks like a real flattop after getting her island placed on May 29 — a date that would have been JFK's 105th birthday.

The ship is the second of the Navy’s new Gerald R. Ford-class carriers. The new carrier is designed to carry and fly more planes with fewer sailors.

The Kennedy's keel was laid in 2015. The dry dock was flooded in late October.

The christening ceremony is not open to the public. But guests will include the Kennedy family as well as Kennedy sailors and their families.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will serve as one of the speakers.

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