Huntington Ingalls Industries has secured a $3.35bn contract to design and construct the second Gerald R Ford class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F Kennedy (CVN 79).
The company also received a $941m modification to an existing contract to continue material procurement and manufacturing of the ship.
Work under these contracts includes ship construction, design, engineering services and procurement of materials and hardware.
Huntington Ingalls plans to construct the John F Kennedy at its Newport News Shipbuilding division.
Newport News Shipbuilding John F Kennedy carrier construction vice-president Mike Shawcross said: "These awards are important, not only for the shipbuilders at Newport News Shipbuilding, but for the thousands of suppliers nationwide who provide the steel, pipe, cable, paint and equipment that goes into this cutting-edge defence platform and for the sailors who will sail her.
"We look forward to continuing to implement lessons learned from the first-of-the-class ship, Gerald R Ford, in the construction of Kennedy and delivering the next great carrier to the Navy."
Since 2010, the company constructed more than 450 of 1,100 structural units of the vessel under a construction preparation contract. The keel-laying ceremony of the vessel is scheduled for August 2015.
Equipped with improved weapons handling systems and a re-designed island to increase aircraft sortie-generation rates, the aircraft carrier will feature nuclear power plants and increased electrical power-generation capacity.
Image: Gerald R Ford class carrier John F Kennedy will feature flight deck changes, improved weapons handling systems and a re-designed island. Photo: courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries.