NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline has christened a new aircraft carrier that is named after the 35th U.S. president.
Caroline Kennedy smashed a bottle across the John F. Kennedy carrier’s hull Saturday at the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. She is the sponsor of her father’s namesake ship.
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 U.S. Navy’s new Gerald R. Ford-class carrier.
The new carriers are 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.
Guests at the christening ceremony included former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Billed as the first of a new generation of floating American airfields, the carrier was slated for delivery in 2015, but was not turned over to the Navy and christened until 2017.