Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries has been awarded maintenance and modernization contract of US Navy’s USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) aircraft carrier, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) said in a statement.
The contract work, with an estimated value of $36 million, will be performed at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia (88 percent) and Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia (12 percent). The work is expected to be completed by March 2018.
According to the contract, Newport News Shipbuilding will support certain nuclear ship alterations and propulsion plant maintenance during the planned incremental availability.
Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines.
About USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69):
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (“Ike”) is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier currently in service with the United States Navy.
Commissioned in 1977, the ship is the second of the ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers currently in service, and is the first ship named after the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The vessel was initially named simply as USS Eisenhower, much like the lead ship of the class, Nimitz, but the name was changed to its present form on 25 May 1970.
The carrier, like all others of her class, was constructed at Newport News Shipbuilding Company in Virginia, with the same design as the lead ship, although the ship has been overhauled twice to bring her up to the standards of those constructed more recently.
Since commissioning, Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in deployments including Operation Eagle Claw during the Iran hostage crisis in 1980, as well as the Gulf War in the 1990s, and more recently in support of U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.