Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has secured a contract to assist Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility with maintenance work on the US Navy’s aircraft carriers USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Valued at $75m, this two-year indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity contract awarded by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard also covers qualified nuclear and nuclear-related trade labour, execution of discrete work packages, and training through June 2017.
Newport News Shipbuilding in-service aircraft carrier programmes vice-president Chris Miner said: "We are delighted to support Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on the maintenance of USS Nimitz and USS Carl Vinson.
"We view this as a win-win opportunity that leverages the combined experience of both Newport News and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard shipbuilders in a collaborative effort to return these warships back to the navy fleet in a timely, cost-effective manner."
The two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, USS Nimitz and USS Carl Vinson, were commissioned in 1975 and 1982 respectively.
Built by Newport News Shipbuilding, all the nine nuclear-powered Nimitz-class carriers have a capacity to accommodate more than 6,000 personnel on each vessel.
Capable of cruising at a maximum speed of 30k, the 317m-long Nimitz-class carriers are armed with three Raytheon GMLS Mk29 eight-cell launchers for Nato Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles.
In May, NNS successfully installed the covers for catapult one on the flight deck of the US Navy’s USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
The installation was part of the carrier’s refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) programme.
Image: The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Photo: courtesy of United States Navy.