Triumph Group’s integrated systems business has secured a contract for the scheduled overhaul of the US Navy’s Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington (CVN 73).
The US-based firm has been selected by the shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) to supply remote valve actuation (RMVA) systems for the vessel’s upgrade.
RMVA systems are used to provide mechanical backup push / pull control, which enables remote opening and closing of critical valves throughout the vessel.
The valve actuation systems developed by Triumph Group demonstrate highly reliable capabilities even in harsh and adverse environments, while offering a low cost of ownership and unique adaptability.
This makes the RMVA system suitable for rapid configurations and installations on navy ships.
Triumph Group integrated systems executive vice-president Tom Holzthum said: “This win highlights our diversity of products and the versatility of the systems we manufacture.
“We are pleased to work with Huntington Ingalls to provide these critical systems for the USS George Washington.”
Under the agreement, Triumph will manufacture 165 units of the RMVAs at the company’s Mechanical Solutions facility in Shelbyville, Indiana.
USS George Washington is the sixth of ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers with the US Navy.
The Triumph system is also used by HII for deployment on several of the navy’s other Nimitz and Gerald R Ford classes of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
Built by HII’s Newport News division, the CVN 73 was laid on 25 August 1986, launched on 21 July 1990 and commissioned on 4 July 1992.
In September last year, HII received a $2.8bn contract to carry out the refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the US Navy carrier.