Huntington Ingalls awarded CVN 80 work
Huntington Ingalls Industries has received a $25.5 million modification to an existing advance planning contract in support of advance fabrication of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80), the company announced on 1 February.
The initial structural fabrication and shop work on the third Gerald R Ford-class carrier will be performed at the company’s Newport News shipbuilding division through March 2018.
Mike Shawcross, Newport News’ vice president, CVN 79 and CVN 80 construction, said: ‘This award authorises us to begin fabrication of structural components, sub-components, sub-units and pre-assemblies in our manufacturing shops to support the 2018 construction of Enterprise.
‘This is an important step in getting this next Ford-class ship off to a great start, as it allows us to continue implementation of lessons learned, and the initial steel work will allow us to utilise our aircraft carrier steel production line in an efficient manner.’
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