Caroline Kennedy christens father's namesake carrier

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Published: Dec. 7, 2019 at 7:14 PM EST
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Caroline Kennedy has christened a new aircraft carrier that is named after the 35th U.S. president.

John F. Kennedy's daughter smashed a bottle across the USS John Kennedy carrier's hull Saturday at the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia.

She is the sponsor of her father's namesake ship. The ship is the second of the U.S. Navy's new Ford-Class of aircraft carriers.

The Kennedy is the second ship in its class. The first was the USS Gerald R. Ford, which was commissioned last year.

The new carriers are designed to carry and fly more planes with fewer sailors.