HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division secures a contract from the US Navy, extending its long-standing tradition of providing maintenance, repair, and modernisation services for nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in the San Diego area.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division will provide maintenance support for nuclear-powered aircraft carriers stationed in San Diego. The contract has a potential value of $528.4m over five years and is a testament to HII’s reputation in servicing Nimitz and Gerald R. Ford-class carriers.

HII recently was awarded a contract for the second ship in the Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy series, with the US Navy awarding HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division a contract modification worth $393.3m.

The contract encompasses a range of services, including maintenance, repair, and modernisation efforts for home-ported and visiting Nimitz and Ford-class aircraft carriers in the San Diego area. Last month, The US Navy’s Nimitz carrier strike group returned to San Diego from deployment, concluding a seven-month deployment.

According to GlobalData’s “The Global Naval Vessels and Surface Combatants Market 2023-2033” report, the global market for aircraft carriers is valued at $5.1bn in 2023, and the segment is anticipated grow at a CAGR of 4.9% over the forecast period to reach $7.6bn by 2033. North America is set to account for the largest share of the aircraft carrier segment at 45.2%

This undertaking will support emergent work, continuous maintenance availabilities, and the Chief of Naval Operations scheduled availabilities, ensuring the ships remain in peak operational condition.

Thomasina Wright, NNS Vice President of Fleet Support Programs, expressed her honour and excitement, “We are honoured to continue our long-standing tradition of providing world-class service to our US Navy aircraft carriers in San Diego.

For more than two decades, we’ve earned the Navy’s trust to carry out this important task, and we look forward to continuing that legacy with the highest quality, on-time and on-budget work.”

As the nation’s sole designer, builder, and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, NNS has proven its expertise and commitment to maintaining the naval fleet. This latest contract further solidifies HII’s role as a partner in supporting the readiness and capability of the United States Navy.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding division, stands ready to uphold its legacy, providing maintenance services contributing to the nation’s maritime security and strategic defence capabilities.