USNS Brittin Departs Virginia to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo surge sealift carrier USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305) departed from Newport News to provide logistical support for ongoing hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Oct. 25. “Prior to departing, Hampton Roads, vital hurricane relief equipment and stores were loaded aboard the ship,” according to Rick Caldwell, a Military Sealift Command supervisory marine transportation specialist. “Brittin is sailing to Charleston, South Carolina, to pick up additional hurricane relief equipment and supplies to be transported to Puerto Rico. They will also be bringing worn equipment back to the…

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HASC: 15 Subs Kept Out of Service

A massive maintenance backlog has idled 15 nuclear-powered attack submarines for a total of 177 months, and the Navy’s plan to mitigate the problem is jeopardized by budget gridlock, two House Armed Services Committee staffers told Breaking Defense. That is almost 15 submarine-years, the equivalent of taking a boat from the 2018 budget and not adding it back until 2033. While only Congress can pass a budget and lift caps on spending, the staffers said, part of the solution is in the Navy’s hands: outsource more work to private-sector shipyards,…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Contract for USS Boise (SSN 764) Overhaul

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $59.7 million contract from the U.S. Navy for planning and executing the overhaul of the submarine USS Boise (SSN 764). The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the total value of the contract to $385 million. The contract is for work to be completed by 2021 at Newport News and will include planning for the maintenance, repair, alterations, testing and routine work during the submarine’s scheduled FY18 engineered overhaul. “We are proud to do…

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Ceremonial Steel-Cut for Aircraft Carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) at Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries today cut a 35-ton steel plate at its Newport News Shipbuilding division to kick off advance construction of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). The steel plate will become part of the foundation of Enterprise, the ninth U.S. Navy ship to bear the legendary name. Ship’s sponsors and U.S. Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky gave the order to cut the steel during a ceremony that marks the first construction milestone in the life of the ship. Other ceremony participants included Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.;…

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First-Cut-of-Steel Event for Aircraft Carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) at Newport News Shipbuilding

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division will hold a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event to kick off construction of the new aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80), the third ship of the Gerald R. Ford class. The ceremony is one of the very first construction milestones in the life of a ship. Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky, the ship’s sponsors, will participate in the event, along with shipbuilders, members of the U.S. Navy and local officials. CVN 80 will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier. Designed to replace Nimitz-class…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana at Newport News Shipbuilding

April 29, 2017 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division today celebrated the christening of Indiana (SSN 789), the 16th Virginia-class submarine. With a single swing, ship’s sponsor Diane Donald performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the submarine’s hull. Donald is the wife of Adm. Kirkland Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret.), former director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. “It’s the honor of a lifetime to be here today,” said Donald. “While the size of the submarine alone is stunning, the complexity inside sets it apart…

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Future USS Gerald R. Ford Underway for Builder’s Sea Trials

April 10, 2017 – The future USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier is underway for its first set of sea trials, known as Builder’s Sea Trials. Builder’s sea trials provide an opportunity to test systems, components and compartments at sea for the first time. Over the next several days, the future Gerald R. Ford’s sailors, shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding, the Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Naval Sea Systems Command personnel will be working side-by-side testing many of the ship’s key systems and technologies. “The Navy…

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Future USS Gerald R. Ford Underway for Builder’s Sea Trials

April 8, 2017 – The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is underway for its first set of sea trials, known as Builder’s Sea Trials (BST). Builder’s sea trials provide an opportunity to test systems, components and compartments at sea for the first time. Over the next several days, CVN 78 Sailors, shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS), the Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Naval Sea Systems Command personnel will be working side-by-side testing many of the ship’s key systems and technologies. “The Navy and…

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Washington (SSN 787) Successfully Completes Initial Sea Trials (Video)

April 3, 2017 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that the newest Virginia-class submarine (VCS), Washington (SSN 787), successfully completed its initial sea trials on Sunday. Sea trials test the submarine’s capabilities at sea. Washington was built as part of a teaming agreement between HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and General Dynamics Electric Boat.  The Virginia-class submarine Washington (SSN 787) successfully completed its initial sea trials on Sunday. Photo by Ashley Major/HII The Virginia-class submarine Washington (SSN 787) successfully completed its initial sea trials on Sunday. Photo by Ashley Major/HII “The ship and its crew performed…

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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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