First Steel Cut for Columbia Class Program

May 23, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries hosted a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event today at its Newport News Shipbuilding division to mark the start of advance construction for the Columbia-class submarine program. With the press of a button, a plasma-burning machine cut the first steel plate that will be used to build Columbia (SSBN 826), the lead ballistic missile submarine. As Newport News continues its digital transformation, the event also marked the first class of submarines that will be built using fully digital blueprints. “Today is a historic day,” said Jason…

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C-ARTS brings high-tech training to the waterfront for USS Gerald R. Ford

March 25, 2019 – The Navy’s aircraft carriers program office is using a new, high-tech approach to train Sailors on USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) advanced, first-of-class systems — right on the waterfront. The Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS), in operation since December 2018, is currently housed pierside in a customized mobile training facility. C-ARTS can be quickly reconfigured to deliver the desired training, blending traditional classroom training, virtual reality, augmented reality and “mixed reality” training, followed by hands-on training on board the ship. “The Ford class is built…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 31, 2019

Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia, is awarded the detail design and construction (DD&C) efforts for nuclear-powered aircraft carriers Enterprise (CVN 80) and unnamed CVN 81 under the following contract actions: (1) A $14,917,738,145 fixed-price-incentive-firm target modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-2116 for DD&C efforts for the future USS Enterprise (CVN 80) and unnamed CVN 81. The current contract for advance procurement funded efforts has been in place since 2016. (2) A $263,096,868 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-2116 for associated research and development efforts.…

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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 carriers Enterprise (CVN 80) and CVN 81, which has not yet been named. This historic contract award is a significant step toward the company’s designing and building the next-generation of…

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HII Newport News Shipbuilding Delivers First Transformational Aircraft Carrier 3-D Metal Part

January 29, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has achieved a milestone in the integration of additive manufacturing into the design and fabrication of components for nuclear-powered warships. The company has delivered the first 3-D-printed metal part to the U.S. Navy for installation on an aircraft carrier. The milestone was recognized during a brief ceremony today at Naval Station Norfolk. The part was presented to Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, Naval Sea Systems Command’s chief engineer and deputy commander for ship design, integration, and naval engineering. The part—a…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 27, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $712,482,210 for cost-plus-incentive fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001919F2474 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the development of advanced hardware in support of the F-35 Lightning II Technology Refresh 3 (TR3) System. Efforts include the design of the TR3 System through full flightworthy certification, production readiness review, and fleet release to support low-rate initial production Lot 15 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in March 2023. Fiscal…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Delaware (SSN 791)

December 17, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries has launched the recently christened Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) into the water for the first time at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. During a three-day process that began last Wednesday, the 7,800-ton submarine was moved out of a construction facility and into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system. The floating dry dock was submerged, and the submarine was launched into the James River. Once in the water, the boat then was moved to the shipyard’s submarine pier for…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Contract Modification For First Columbia-Class Ballistic Missile Submarine

November 6, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $197 million modification to a previously awarded contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The advance procurement funds will be used to purchase major components and commodity material and to begin advance construction on Columbia (SSBN 826). Newport News is a major subcontractor for the construction of the new class of ballistic-missile submarines, which are being designed…

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Triumph Wins Huntington Ingalls Industries Contract for U.S. Navy Carrier Overhaul

October 31, 2018 – Triumph Group, Inc. announced today that its Integrated Systems business has been selected by Huntington Ingalls Industries to supply remote valve actuation (RMVA) systems as part of the scheduled overhaul of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) nuclear powered aircraft carrier. Under terms of the agreement, Triumph’s Mechanical Solutions facility in Shelbyville, Indiana will produce 165 RMVAs for the carrier. RMVA systems provide mechanical backup push/pull control, which allows for remote opening and closing of critical valves throughout the ship. Valued for their high level of…

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NTS Adds EMI/EMC Testing at Naval Shock Testing Facility

October 30, 2018 – National Technical Systems, Inc. (“NTS”), the leader in qualification testing, inspection, and certification solutions in North America, is pleased to announce the addition of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and interoperability testing to its Rustburg, Virginia naval research and test facility. “We’re proud to be known as the premier independent lab in the United States capable of providing all Navy equipment testing – shock and vibration to EMI and EMC.” – Steve Thompson, NTS Rustburg General Manager Located close to Newport News, VA and Washington, D.C., the NTS Rustburg laboratory…

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Newport News Shipbuilding Division Christens Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

October 20, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) christened the Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) this morning at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States and the ship’s sponsor, smashed a bottle of sparkling wine against the hull, celebrating the latest milestone of the newest U.S. Navy vessel prior to its launch. “I know it is a tremendous privilege to be selected as a pre-commission crew member, and the sailors standing with us today are the very best the Navy has…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 12, 2018

Complete Parachute Solutions, Deland, Florida, is awarded a $9,270,000 modification under previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M00264-18-C-0007) for the Multi-Mission Parachute Course. The Multi-Mission Parachute Course provides training and technical support for all Military Free-Fall training to ensure compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration Regulations and Marine Corps Orders to safely meet the Marine Corps Training Input requirements. This contract includes four one-year option periods which, if exercised, could bring the cumulative value of this contract to $42,763,854. Work will be performed in Coolidge, Arizona, and is expected to be completed…

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Submarine Supplier Days: February 26 – 27, 2019

The Submarine Industrial Base Council’s Annual Supplier Days event will be held on February 26 and 27, 2019 in Washington, D.C. at the Capitol Hilton.  Registration will open after Thanksgiving and will fill quickly, so sign up early! Supplier Days will begin on Tuesday, February 26 with an afternoon of briefings on U.S. Navy submarine programs followed by a networking reception and dinner.  On Wednesday, February 27, the SIBC will host a Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill.  After the breakfast, SIBC members will meet with their Senators and Representatives throughout…

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Navy Awards DDG 51 FY18-22 Multiyear Procurement Contracts

September 28, 2018 – Today, the Navy awarded two contracts for the DDG 51 fiscal years (FY) 2018 – 2022 multiyear procurement (MYP) for DDG 51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers. “These contract awards are further evidence of the Navy’s continued delivery of lethal capacity to the Nation with a sense of urgency while ensuring best value for the taxpayer,” said James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. “The Navy saved $700 million for these 10 ships by using multiyear procurement contracts rather than a…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Use of Digital Technology Drives Latest Construction Milestone For Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

September 28, 2018 – An improved build strategy, which includes the use of digital technologies to improve efficiencies, has allowed Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division to reach another milestone in the construction of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). The company on Friday lowered the final piece of the ship’s underwater hull into place. The joining of the 726-ton lower bow, which includes the distinctive bulbous feature, completes the section of the ship below the waterline and extends the nuclear-powered warship an additional 122 feet. At…

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