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 keel was laid in August 2015. The ship is being built using modular construction, a process where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form a structural unit,…

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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, underscoring Curtiss-Wright’s long-standing relationship with the U.S. Navy and continued support of their critical platforms which continue to receive strong Congressional support,” said David C. Adams, Chairman and CEO of…

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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 procuring CVN 80 and CVN 81 as a two-ship buy. “In keeping with the National Defense Strategy, the Navy developed an acquisition strategy to combine the CVN 80 and CVN…

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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 facilities with the capacity sufficient for supporting the new USS Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carriers. The 3D computer model will allow the Navy to manipulate data using existing computer-aided…

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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 us to begin fabrication of structural components, sub-components, sub-units and pre-assemblies in our manufacturing shops to support the 2018 construction of Enterprise,” said Mike Shawcross, Newport News’ vice president, CVN 79…

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