Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has secured a $23.8m contract from the US Navy for nuclear propulsion and complex modernisation work on the aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
The modernisation programme for this Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is part of its planned incremental availability. Work under this contract will be performed at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
The upgrading works will cover planning, procurement, fabrication, execution, and testing, and it is expected to be completed between June and November.
Newport News Shipbuilding in-service aircraft carrier programmes vice-president Chris Miner said: "We are eager to begin maintenance and modernisation work on USS George H W Bush and continue our support of the navy’s aircraft carrier fleet.
"We first delivered the ship in 2009 and have proudly followed her service to the navy and country since that time. With this maintenance and modernisation work, USS George H W Bush will continue to serve the navy for years to come."
Capable of accommodating over 6,000 personnel and cruising at a maximum speed of over 30k, the 317m-long Nimitz-class ships are armed with three Raytheon GMLS Mk29 eight-cell launchers for Nato Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles.
The first of class, USS Nimitz, was commissioned in 1975, while last of the class, USS George H W Bush (CVN 77), commissioned in January 2009.
In April, USS George H W Bush successfully field-tested the new maritime augmented guidance with integrated controls for carrier approach and recovery precision enabling technologies (MAGIC CARPET) software.
Image: The US Navy’s Nimitz-class supercarrier, USS George H W Bush (CVN 77). Photo: courtesy of MC3 Brian Read Castillo.