Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) is being awarded a modification to a previously awarded undefinitized contract action for the purchase of additional long lead time material in support of the U.S. Navy’s future aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 80).
The modification, with a not-to-exceed value of around $65 million, is being awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located at Washington Navy Yard, Washington, District of Columbia. Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding for the amount will be obligated at the time of award and not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The contract work is expected to be completed by August 2022.
USS Enterprise (CVN-80) will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier to be built for the United States Navy.
She will be the ninth United States naval vessel to bear the name. CVN-80 will be the first American supercarrier not to be named in honor of a person since USS America (CVA/CV-66) was commissioned in 1966.
CVN-80 will be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Enterprise is scheduled to begin active construction around 2018 and be delivered by 2025. She is scheduled to be in operation by 2027.
The steel from USS Enterprise (CVN-65) will be recycled and used to construct CVN-80. The ship is currently scheduled to replace USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). The first cut of steel ceremony, marking the beginning of fabrication of the ship’s components, was held on 21 August 2017, with ship’s sponsors Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles present.
Designed to replace Nimitz-class carriers, the Ford class features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, an enhanced flight deck capable of increased aircraft sortie rates, and growth margin for future technologies.
Each Ford-class ship will operate with a smaller crew than a Nimitz-class carrier and will provide $4 billion in total ownership cost savings for the Navy.
Aircraft carriers provide sovereign, mobile U.S. territory and are a visible symbol of U.S. power. They are the centerpiece of our nation’s security strategy and support and protect the global economy through the protection of sea lanes around the world.