Newport News Shipbuilding Readies Roosevelt For Launch

With the recent addition of the 418-ton island house assembly, Newport News Shipbuilding completed the final construction superlift for the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN- 71). The 1,092-foot ship is coming together in time for her scheduled launching October 27 this year at the Newport News, Va., shipyard. About 25,000 people are expected to attend the launch.

The Roosevelt attained her full length earlier this year when the yard superlifted the 700-ton bow assembly (photo) and added it to the already mammoth structure. The bow section alone is made up of 265 subassemblies, and contains five deck levels reaching from the hangar deck to the flight deck.

Using new carrier construction technology and superlift capacity, the Virginia shipyard intends to deliver the Roosevelt to the Navy 17 months ahead of schedule.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 39,  Oct 15, 1984

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