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U.S. Navy awards $49.6 million contract for USS George Washington

Posted By Morris On 02 Aug 2014 in Transport and Related Services

U.S. Navy awards $49.6 million contract for USS George Washington
The Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has been awarded with a $49.6 million contract to start planning for work on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Work under the contract includes planning, engineering and shipboard inspections for work related with the defueling of the ship. We are delighted to be competent to start planning for the defueling of CVN 73 and consider this award as the first step aiming the highly expected full award of the RCOH planning contract, says, Chris Miner, Newport News Shipbuilding's vice president, in-service aircraft carrier programs. The Navy stated earlier this year, that it wasn’t sure it could refuel the ship as the steep budget cuts might return in 2016. It kept the possibility opened that the carrier could be retired from service. But Congress forced back and committed funds against the refueling. Navy officials say they are now doing every effort to plan for the mid-life redevelopment. The USS George Washington is the sixth Nimitz-class vessel constructed by Newport News and the fourth Navy ship to be titled after the first president of the United States. If sanctioned, CVN 73 will be the sixth ship of the class to go through a RCOH, a major project worth more than $4 billion, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. A RCOH is not only vital business for the shipyard, it generates work for dozens of subcontractors throughout the nation, comprising some in Hampton Roads.The Washington is due to arrive in Newport News in March 2017.

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