On February 4th, 2015, the American shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries was awarded a new contract by the United States Navy. Valued at USD$224 million, the contract is a modification to a currently existing contract regarding advanced planning for the USS George Washington’s refueling and complex overhaul. The modification contract adds additional funds to continue work for refueling and complex overhaul, allowing Huntington Ingalls Industries to move beyond defueling and strategize all work that will be required for refueling and complex overhaul. In addition, the funds calls for Huntington Ingalls Industries to procure the necessary materials such as pumps, breakers, valves, and steel for structural unit support fabrication. Four Nimitz-class ships have already been completed which a fifth ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln, being 60 percent complete. Delivery is expected to be completed at the end of 2016.
A refueling and complex overhaul is a full recapitalization of the ship when work is done to it that measures over 35 percent of all maintenance and modernization in an aircraft carrier's 50-year service life. Work that goes into this process includes refueling the ship's reactors, extensive modernization work to more than 2,300 compartments, 600 tanks and several hundreds of distributive systems. In addition, the ship's areas and systems such as food service areas, aircraft launch and recovery systems, combat systems, and the ship's island are majorly renovated. A full refueling and complex overhaul requires approximately 3,700 shipbuilders from all different departments including engineering, planning, supply chain, the shops, and trades.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is an American shipbuilding company that was originally formed as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman. Established in 2011, the company is a merger of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Newport News. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, Huntington Ingalls Industries is the sole designer, constructor, and refueler of United States military’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of two nuclear submarine constructors. The United States Navy is one of the company’s largest customers as 70% of the current active fleet have been built by Huntington Ingalls Industries.
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