USS Gerald R Ford Returns to Sea

October 25, 2019 – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) got underway today for sea trials from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) division following a 15-month pierside maintenance period. “I am proud of the crew’s efforts to get USS Gerald R. Ford back out to sea,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The Navy has diligently tackled issues associated with this first-in-class ship and will continue to do so. All are eager to demonstrate Ford’s capacity to deliver combat power. There is more work to do,…

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Ford Completes Five-Day Fast Cruise Ahead of Sea Trials

October 24, 2019 – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed a five-day pierside fast cruise evolution on Wednesday, Oct. 23 ahead of departing Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) later this month. The fast cruise was a culminating training evolution designed to bring Ford to life after her 15-month post-shakedown availability (PSA). Sailors across the ship were thrust into various scenarios that tested their ability to respond in challenging and sometimes stressful environments. Though the PSA mainly focused on making material improvements to the ship, the crew consistently trained…

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Austal Awarded USS Tulsa PSA Contract

august 15, 2019 – Austal Limited (Austal) (ASX: ASB) has received an award from the United States Department of Defense totaling over US$23 million (~A$34million) for support activities, including dry docking, on the USS Tulsa. The award of the Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) service contract for the USS Tulsa (LCS 16) is in addition to the US$21 million contract Austal was awarded in January 2019 for the USS Manchester (LCS 14). Both are Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships manufactured by Austal. The USS Tulsa PSA contract will the second contract where…

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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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US Navy Contract Announcements November 6, 2017

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Marietta, Georgia, is being awarded $260,000,000 for undefinitized contract modification P00008 under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-16-C-0125).  This modification provides for the modernization and upgrade of four P-3B aircraft in support of structural mid-life upgrades, tailored phased depot maintenance, a country-specific designed mission integration and management system, and new avionics in support of the government of Greece.  The mid-life upgrade will provide a service life extension of 15,000 flight hours per aircraft.  Work will be performed in Marietta, Georgia (38 percent); Schimatari, Greece (25 percent); Argyroupoli,…

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