Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) is being awarded a contract modification to exercise an option for material and labor supporting planning and the preliminary accomplishment of the post-shakedown availability/selected restricted availability (PSA/SRA) on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
The cost-plus-fixed-fee modification, worth around $11 million, is being awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located in Washington, District of Columbia. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funds for the amount will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This modification will provide for the continuation of PSA/SRA planning work to prepare for and make ready for the accomplishment. Work will be performed in Newport News, Virginia (80 percent); and Norfolk, Virginia (20 percent), and will be completed by June 2019.
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is the lead ship of her class of United States Navy supercarriers.
The ship is named after the 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford, whose World War II naval service included combat duty aboard the light aircraft carrier Monterey in the Pacific Theater.
Gerald R. Ford is intended to be the first of a class of aircraft carriers that offer significant performance improvements over the previous Nimitz class.
Gerald R. Ford is equipped with an AN/SPY-3 active electronically scanned array multi-function radar, and an island that is shorter in length and 20 feet (6.1 m) taller than that of the Nimitz class; it is set 140 feet (43 m) further aft and 3 feet (0.91 m) closer to the edge of the ship.
Replacing traditional steam catapults, the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) will launch all carrier aircraft. This innovation eliminates the traditional requirement to generate and store steam, freeing up considerable area below-deck. With this EMALS innovation, Gerald R. Ford can accomplish 25% more aircraft launches per day than the Nimitz class and requires 25% fewer crew members.
The Navy estimates it will save $4 billion in operating costs over a 50-year lifespan.
The keel of Gerald R. Ford was laid down on 13 November 2009. Construction began on 11 August 2005, when Northrop Grumman held a ceremonial steel cut for a 15-ton plate that forms part of a side shell unit of the carrier.
She was christened on 9 November 2013. Gerald R. Ford entered the fleet replacing the inactive USS Enterprise (CVN-65), which ended her 51 years of active service in December 2012.
Originally scheduled for delivery in 2015, Gerald R. Ford was delivered to the Navy on 31 May 2017 and formally commissioned by President Donald J. Trump on 22 July 2017.
She is expected to leave on her first deployment around 2020.