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Northrop Grumman Gets $5.11b Contract for Carrier

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Northrop Grumman Corporation received a $5.1b, 7-year cost plus incentive fee contract award for detail design and construction of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. This new class of carrier is the replacement for the Nimitz-class design that originated in the 1960s. The company's Shipbuilding sector will perform the work, which includes ship construction, ship design activities, engineering services, procurement of materials and hardware to support construction and logistics activities. Advance construction of the Gerald R. Ford began in 2005 under a separate contract valued at $2.7 billion. This advance work allowed shipbuilders to test the design-build strategy, exercise new processes, prototype new features used on this ship before the overall construction contract was awarded, and to build a sufficient backlog of ship units to support production, undocking and delivery. About one third of the ship's 1,200 structural units are currently under construction. The ship's keel will be laid in the fall of 2009 and delivery to the Navy is scheduled for 2015.  The Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) class will continue the legacy of highly capable U.S. Navy aircraft carrier ship platforms. Enhancements being incorporated into the design include flight deck changes, improved weapons handling systems, and a redesigned island, all resulting in increased aircraft sortie rates


Navy Increases NNS Funding for 'JFK' Outfitting

CVN 79: Image courtesy of NNS

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division receives an addtional US$ 60.8-million for aircraft carrier 'John F. Kennedy. The funding increase is to a previously awarded construction preparation contract for purchase of materials in support of aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) construction. The funds awarded to NNS will be used to purchase long-lead-time materials such as air conditioning systems, controllers and pumps


Midway Demonstrated Carrier Importance

In the late spring of 1942, a Japanese carrier strike force launched more than 100 planes from the northwest to conduct an air attack on the U.S. military at Midway Atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. By 5:30 a.m. that day the United States located and identified the incoming Japanese threat. In an hour�s time, America and Japan engaged in what would later be looked back upon as the most pivotal naval engagement of World War II.


CVN 21 Program Manager Change of Command

Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Aircraft Carriers recently held a change of command ceremony for Capt. Michael Schwartz, who was relieved of his duties as CVN 21 program manager. In the same ceremony Capt. Brian Antonio assumed command as CVN 21 program manager. In a ceremony held after the change of command, Schwartz retired marking an end to his 26 years of service in the Navy. In August 2000, Schwartz reported to PEO Aircraft Carriers


New-build Aircraft Carrier Island Top Off

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) plant the 555 mt island aboard 90% complete US carrier 'Gerald R. Ford'. HII celebrated significant progress as the 555-metric ton island was lowered onto the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division. The island will serve as the command center for flight deck operations aboard the first of the next-generation class of aircraft carriers.


Prince of Wales' Final Section Sails for Rosyth

Photo: BAE Systems

The final section of aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales began its delivery voyage from Glasgow to Rosyth today, 10 weeks ahead of schedule.   As part of the the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program, newbuilds HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the Royal Navy’s largest and most advanced ever warships and were constructed in blocks in different shipyards throughout the U.K. The final section being delivered, known as the Aft Island


Navy Accepts Delivery of Ronald Reagan

The Navy today accepted delivery of the newest aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The ship design and construction was executed under a contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) in December 1994. Reagan's first deployment is scheduled for 2005 from her San Diego, Calif. homeport, which is home to two other US aircraft carriers. Reagan is the ninth of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. Expected to be


HII Awarded $56.5m CVN 79 Contract Modification

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Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII) received a $56.5 million contract modification, under a previously awarded contract, for continuation of long lead time material procurement associated with construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). The company's Newport News Shipbuilding division is the prime contractor. "This award continues our efforts to plan and prepare for construction of John F


Delivery Begins for HMS Prince of Wales Bridge

(Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

The bridge section of the U.K.’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier has been loaded out of its dock hall in Glasgow ahead of its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where HMS Prince of Wales will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward Island. As the main hub of the ship it contains the bridge and approximately 100 vital mission systems compartments.   The Forward Island has been under wraps in Govan since construction on the


India's First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant Undocked

INS Vikrant. Photo: Indian Navy

India has undocked its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at a simple ceremony at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Kochi, reports PTI.   As of this week, the INS Vikrant, with a completed hull and internal structure, is free-floating and will go into static and dynamic trials soon.   The ship, built at CSL, will undergo a series of fitment and trial processes before it is ready for propulsion and inducted into the Navy, CSL officials said.  


AeroVironment: Navy Deploying Underwater-Launched UAS

AeroVironment’s new Blackwing unmanned aircraft system is a valuable new capability that resulted from our team’s close collaboration with, and responsiveness to, the U.S. Navy’s undersea warfare community and the Special Operations community. Photo: AeroVironment

 Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition – AeroVironment, Inc. has announced the United States Navy plans to deploy its “Blackwing,” a small, tube-launched unmanned aircraft system that deploys from under the surface of the sea


Greece Deploys Ship, Aircraft to EgyptAir Search

Greece is deploying military aircraft and a frigate to an area in the southern Mediterranean where an EgyptAir aircraft vanished from radar screens early on Thursday, its defence ministry said. The search for the missing EgyptAir plane was taking place at sea


Airplane Lifejackets Found in Egyptair Search

Aircraft debris was found in the southern Mediterranean by Greek authorities searching for a missing EgyptAir aircraft which vanished from radar screens early Thursday, Greek state tv reported. Earlier, Greek officials said pieces of plastic were found in the sea some 230 miles south of the


HII Secures Aircraft Carrier Planning Contract

Rendering of the third ship in the Ford class of aircraft carriers, Enterprise (CVN 80) (Image: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $152 million contract for advance planning for the construction of the third aircraft carrier in the Gerald R. Ford class, Enterprise (CVN 80), named in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65)


U.S. Defense Secretary Visits Carrier in South China Sea

Carter says U.S. promoting Asian peace and security. The chief U.S. defense official visited an American aircraft carrier transiting the disputed South China Sea on Friday, as China said one of its top military officers had visited islands and reefs in the region to oversee building work.


This Day In Naval History: April 18

1848 - U.S. Navy expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan, commanded by Lt. William F. Lynch, reaches the Dead Sea.   1906 - U.S. Navy assists in relief operations during the San Francisco earthquake and fire. Sailors and Marines fight fires and ships carry the homeless and


Shipbuilding: John F. Kennedy 17% Complete

Newport News shipbuilders added a 965-ton structure comprising two pump rooms to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) earlier this month. This is the 21st superlift that has been placed in the dry dock since the ship’s keel was laid in August 2015. (Photo by John Whalen/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has placed a 965-ton structure called a superlift into dry dock, continuing the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). The superlift was made with more than twice the amount of


Indian Aircraft Carrier to Get Russian Weaponry

INS Vikrant. Photo: Indian Navy

 Russia could supply air defence systems and other equipment to the Indian Vikrant-class aircraft carrier currently under construction, says a report by IANS.   The first of the Vikrant-class aircraft carriers, the INS Vikramaditya, is Russian-built


SCA: More Naval Vessels Protect Economy, Provide Security

Matthew Paxton, SCA President

Shipbuilders Council: Proposed Budget Enables Naval Forward Presence and Protects U.S. National Security Interests. The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today recognized the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee for its robust markup of the 2017 shipbuilding budget


Australia-Japan bilateral exercise Ends

Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force counterparts gathered in Sydney to conduct the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT from 15-26 April 2016.

Ships and aircraft from the Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) have completed the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT off the coast of New South Wales. The exercise, which has been conducted regularly between Australia and Japan since 2009


US Freedom of Navigation Ops Targeted 13 Countries Last Year

The U.S. military carried out freedom of navigation operations against 13 countries last year, including several against China for what it views as excessive claims to maritime and airspace jurisdiction, the Pentagon said in an annual report on Monday.  


This Day In Naval History: April 29

ex-USS Connolly (DD 979) is sunk during an exercise (U.S. Navy Photo by Chris Brown)

1814 - American sloop USS Peacock and HMS Epervier engage in battle. Peacock takes two 32-pound shots in her fore-yard with the first exchange, but her return broadside smashes most of Eperviers rigging and guns. After 45 minutes, Epervier is captured


This Day In Naval History: May 3

Overhead view of the Nimitz-class (US Navy photo)

1777 - During the American Revolution, the Continental lugger Surprise, led by Capt. Gustavus conyngham, captures the British mail packet Prince of Orange and the brig Joseph in the North Sea. 1898 - During the Spanish-American War, U.S. Marines from cruisers Baltimore and Raleigh (C 8)


Maritime Surveillance Drone Testing to Begin this Summer

Photo: TEKEVER

The AR5 Life Ray UAS, developed by TEKEVER, has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to demonstrate the first European maritime surveillance system where drones are integral to operations


This Day In Naval History: May 9

USS Ashland (LSD 48) (U.S. Navy photo)

1860 - While off the Isle of Pines (now named Isla de la Juventud) near the south coast of Cuba, the screw gunboat Wyandotte captures the slaver William, which carries 570 Africans. 1926 - Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd and Chief Aviation Pilot Floyd Bennett report reaching the North Pole in their






 
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