Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has secured an advance planning contract with a base value of $187.5m for the US Navy’s Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis (CVN 74).

HII will be responsible for the refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier under the deal.

The contract has an initial funding period of one year and will involve the provision of engineering, design, material procurement and fabrication services, as well as to documentation, resource forecasting and pre-overhaul inspections.

“This contract allows us to prepare for each step in the overhaul process, from preparing for the ship’s arrival at Newport News to its redelivery back to the navy.”

Furthermore, the arrangement includes scope for additional future upgrades to the vessel, which could extend the deal’s period of performance to two-and-a-half years.

The contract value is also expected to increase if additional options are exercised.

Planning for the RCOH project is slated to commence this month.

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HII Newport News Shipbuilding Division In-Service Aircraft Carrier Programmes vice-president Chris Miner said: “The planning stage is critically important to the overall success of an engineering and construction project of this magnitude.

“This contract allows us to prepare for each step in the overhaul process, from preparing for the ship’s arrival at Newport News to its redelivery back to the navy.”

USS John C Stennis will be the seventh Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to undergo an RCOH programme, which is slated to commence in January 2021.

The navy vessel was originally christened in 1993 before being delivered to the service in 1995.