Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has been awarded a $40 million contract modification in support of the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of U.S. Navy Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73).
The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification is for additional supplemental work for the RCOH and was awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). This modification provides additional funds required to support mandatory and essential work performed by HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). The work includes accomplishment of the overhaul, modernization, repair, maintenance and refueling.
All work is approved by the government and will ensure that the ship is returned to the fleet fully mission capable at redelivery. The supplemental refueling work for CVN 73 will be accomplished by Huntington Ingalls under the authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).
Huntington Ingalls Inc. is the original building yard contractor for all ships of the CVN 68 Nimitz class, the reactor planning yard, the lead design refueling yard and the only private shipyard capable of refueling and overhauling nuclear powered aircraft carriers. Therefore, it is the only source with the knowledge, experience and facilities required to accomplish this effort in support of the refueling of CVN 73 without an unacceptable disruption of Navy-wide overhaul and repair schedule.
USS George Washington (CVN-73) is the sixth Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the U.S. Navy, and is the fourth Navy ship named after George Washington, the first president of the United States.
The contract for USS George Washington was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding on 27 December 1982. Her keel was laid on 25 August 1986, she was christened on 21 July 1990 by First Lady Barbara Bush, and she was commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk on 4 July 1992.
In 2006, USS George Washington became the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier to be forwarded-deployed at naval base Yokosuka, Japan.
Since August 2017, the carrier has been in her four-year Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH), which is expected to be completed by August 2021.