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July 2015 Hot Shots

Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Ship's Sponsor Susan Ford Bales looks out over the flight deck from the island. Photo by Ricky Thompson

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Prior to testing the new electromagnetic catapults, shipbuilders mounted a heavy-duty housing for a GoPro camera onto the sled that would be launched off the flight deck. Watch the video. Photo by Ricky Thompson

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A set of ceremonial shovels stand ready for the groundbreaking of the Joint Manufacturing Assembly Facility (JMAF). Photo by Ricky Thompson

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The bow unit of the submarine Washington (SSN 787) is transported out of the Supplemental Modular Outfitting Facility. Photo by Chris Oxley

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With 144 independently steered pairs of wheels, the self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) prepares to take a turn. Photo by Chris Oxley

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Tens of thousands of wooden molds are catalogued on handwritten index cards in the Pattern Shop. Photo by John Whalen

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Timothy Pruitt crafts complex patterns for a mold in the Foundry. Photo by John Whalen

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Using a spoke shave, William West shapes a pattern for a mold in the Foundry. Photo by John Whalen

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A variety of cutting tools for a horizontal boring mill look anything but boring. Photo by Chris Oxley

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Lewis Hedgepeth Jr. sets up a planing mill to cut steel for the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Photo by Chris Oxley

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The tug Huntington cruises beside John Warner (SSN 785) as the submarine returns from sea trials. Photo by Chris Oxley

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Deckhand Tim Mason's expert technique shows as he throws a line from the tug Captain Ambrose to Robert Lewis on the tug Huntington. Photo by Chris Oxley

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Videographer Aaron Pritchett stays hydrated in the extreme summer heat. Photo by Ricky Thompson

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