USS Gerald R. Ford begins post-shakedown availability

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) arrived at Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, July 14 to begin a yearlong maintenance and upgrade period. The ship’s post-shakedown availability/selected restricted availability (PSA/SRA) follows the ship’s successful completion of its post-delivery test and evaluation. “Congratulations to everyone who has helped bring CVN 78 to this historic milestone,” said Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, program executive officer for aircraft carriers. “Following Gerald R. Ford’s delivery to the Navy on May 31, 2017, the ship’s crew has been diligently and…

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USS Nimitz 50 years of teamwork and tradition

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) has completed 28 deployments, over a quarter of a million catapult launches and arrested landings, five homeport changes, and countless operations and missions successfully executed. These accolades are attributed to the oldest U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in active service. The decorated history of Nimitz began 50 years ago this month, when the keel was laid on June 22, 1968. This was a plan set in motion long ago when, after the successful implementation of the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Navy…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Delivers Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana (SSN 789) to U.S. Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division today delivered the newest nuclear-powered fast attack submarine to the U.S. Navy. The future USS Indiana (SSN 789) is the 16th Virginia-class submarine built as part of the teaming agreement with General Dynamics Electric Boat and the eighth delivered by Newport News. “We are proud to deliver Indiana to the Navy,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction. “For the nearly 4,000 shipbuilders who participated in construction of the boat, there is nothing more important than knowing that this vessel…

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Future USS Indiana Delivered to Navy

The Navy accepted delivery of future attack submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789), the 16th submarine of the Virginia class, June 25. The ship began construction in 2012 and is scheduled to commission in September. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea superiority. “Indiana’s delivery marks the culmination of millions of man-hours of work by thousands of people across this country to bring the world’s foremost undersea asset to the fleet,” said Capt. Christopher Hanson, Virginia class program manager. “It is a…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Prepares for 25-Month Overhaul of USS Boise (SSN 764)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has begun scheduled overhaul work on the nuclear-powered submarine USS Boise (SSN 764). The Los Angeles-class submarine arrived at Newport News on Monday and will undergo planned maintenance and repair activities pierside before it will be moved to a dry dock in January 2019. The extended engineering overhaul, which includes system upgrades, will take 25 months and is expected to be completed in 2021. “Submarine fleet support work represents a significant increase in our workload and provides a critical balance for public and…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Completes Initial Sea Trials of Indiana (SSN 789)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding completed the initial sea trials on the newest Virginia-class submarine, Indiana (SSN 789) May 25, 2018. The initial round of sea trials, known as alpha trials, provides an opportunity to test all systems and components. It includes submerging for the first time and high-speed maneuvers while on the surface and submerged. “Sea trials is a significant milestone and the first major test of submarine’s capabilities at sea,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction. “We are pleased with how Indiana performed…

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US Navy Contract Announcements May 10, 2018

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $242,090,000 firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal 2018 Navy and foreign military sales (FMS) to Qatar for the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 guided missile round pack, missile ordnance alterations, and spares. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $529,774,921. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (43.5 percent), and the governments of Qatar, Egypt, and Turkey (56.5 percent),…

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HII Partners with 3D Systems to Accelerate Adoption of 3-D Printing in Naval Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced May 10th that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has partnered with 3D Systems to develop additive manufacturing technologies expected to accelerate the adoption of metal 3-D printing in the naval shipbuilding industry. The joint effort is expected to support future qualification and certification programs necessary to implement this advanced manufacturing technology for the U.S. Navy and further revolutionize how shipbuilders build the next generation of warships. It is also part of a significant technological transformation underway at Newport News called integrated Digital Shipbuilding (iDS). “This…

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US Navy Contract Announcements April 30, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $1,421,735,530 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for recurring logistics services for delivered F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter air systems in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Services to be provided include ground maintenance activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic Logistics Information System operations and maintenance; reliability, maintainability and health management implementation and support; supply chain management; and activities to provide and support pilot and…

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US Navy Contract Announcements April 13, 2018

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS), Inc., Newport News, Virginia, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $64,960,000 modification to a previously awarded undefinitized action under contract (N00024-16-C-2116) for the purchase of additional long lead time material in support of Enterprise (CVN 80). Work is expected to be completed by August 2022. Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $64,960,000 will be obligated at the time of award and not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard,…

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Huntington Ingalls Completes Inactivation of First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced April 10th that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has completed the inactivation of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVAN/CVN 65). As part of the complex process that began in 2013, more than 1,000 shipbuilders defueled Enterprise’s eight nuclear reactors, inactivated its propulsion systems and prepared its hull for final tow. Newport News Shipbuilding completed the inactivation base work in December 2017, and the government contracting office review and certification of the paperwork has just been completed. The ship will remain at Newport News to complete post-inactivation work…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Celebrates First Meal Aboard Submarine Indiana

Huntington Ingalls Industries celebrated the first meal prepared in the galley of the newest Virginia-class submarine, Indiana (SSN 789) Aprpil 3rd. The 142-member crew welcomed the ship’s sponsor, Diane Donald, the wife of Adm. Kirkland Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret.), former director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, and a member of HII’s Board of Directors. Mrs. Donald and the crew dined on French onion soup and shrimp cocktail. The main course consisted of New York strip steak, butterflied lobster with bacon-wrapped scallops, baked potatoes and broccoli. “It was a privilege to join the…

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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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Huntington Ingalls Industries Completes 70 Percent of the Structural Work on the Future Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has built 70 percent of the structures necessary to complete the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Like its predecessor, the first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Kennedy is being built with a modular construction technique where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form larger structures called superlifts. The superlifts are pre-outfitted and hoisted into Dry Dock 12—where the ship is being built—by the company’s 1,050-metric ton gantry crane. Shipbuilders have successfully erected…

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New Fixture Will Revolutionize Submarine Construction At Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Joint Manufacturing Assembly Facility

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has lifted and mounted a 400-metric ton caisson unit into its new Joint Manufacturing Assembly Facility (JMAF). The specialized fixture will “revolutionize how we build submarines for our country,” said Matt Needy, Newport News’ vice president of operations. “A fixture of this magnitude allows us to significantly improve construction efficiencies and shorten our production span times in support of our current Virginia-class submarine programs and future work on the Columbia-class submarine program.” The massive fixture, standing over 80 feet high, is scheduled to…

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