Navy Will Name A Future Ford Class Aircraft Carrier After WWII Hero Doris Miller

January 19, 2020 – Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly will name a future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier in honor of World War II hero Ship’s Cook Third Class Doris Miller during a ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 20. The announcement will be made at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony, highlighting the contributions of…

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Future USS John F Kennedy Now Afloat

October 19, 2019 – Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) marked another milestone leading up to the christening of the second Ford-class aircraft carrier as Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) flooded the ship’s dry dock Oct. 29. PCU John F. Kennedy has been under construction at its Newport News location since 2015 and continues to makes preparations…

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Raytheon Completes First Dual-Target Test of Ford-Class Integrated Combat System

June 4, 2019 – Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy completed the final developmental test of the latest generation of the Ship Self Defense System, or SSDS, Integrated Combat System for the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The test was conducted off the coast of California from the Navy’s unmanned Self Defense Test Ship simulating a scenario CVN 78…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded $15.2 Billion Block Contract for Two Ford-Class

January 31, 2019 – For the first time in more than three decades, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division was awarded a multi-ship contract from the U.S. Navy to build two aircraft carriers. The company announced today that it received a contract modification valued at $15.2 billion for the detail design and construction of the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft…

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Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy Reaches 75 Percent Structural Completion

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced April 30th that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is 75 percent structurally complete following the recent installation of the forward area of the ship’s main deck. Kennedy, the second ship in the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers, has been taking shape at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division since the ship’s…

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded $85 Million Contract to Support U.S. Navy’s Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier Program

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $85 million to provide main propulsion steam turbines and auxiliary equipment for the U.S. Navy’s Ford-class aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). The award was received from Huntington Ingalls, Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) to support planned ship construction. “We are pleased to have been awarded this important naval defense contract,…

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Navy Seeks Savings, Releases Two-Carrier RFP

The Navy released a CVN 80/81 two-ship buy Request for Proposal (RFP) to Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) March 19 to further define the cost savings achievable with a two-ship buy. With lethality and affordability a top priority, the Navy has been working with HII-NNS over the last several months to estimate the total savings associated with…

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NSWC Philadelphia’s 3D virtual dry dock paves way for CVN-78 class carriers

Engineers from the Advanced Data, Prototyping Technologies, and Virtual Environments (ADAPT.VE) Lab at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) recently completed a project creating 3-Dimensional (3D) point cloud representations of Dry Dock 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY). Norfolk’s Dry Dock 8 was selected for the project as it was identified as one of a limited number of shipyard…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Receives Contract to Kick Off Advance Fabrication of Aircraft Carrier Enterprise (CVN 80)

5.5K2516 February 1, 2017 – Huntington Ingalls Industries was awarded a $25.5 million modification to an existing advance planning contract in support of advance fabrication of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) on Tuesday. The initial structural fabrication and shop work on the third Gerald R. Ford-class carrier will be performed at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division through March 2018. “This award authorizes…

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