Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC)
received a $24.6 million planning and design contract for CVN 79, the second aircraft carrier
of the CVN 78 Class.
The company's Newport News sector will perform the work, which
includes planning, feasibility studies, system development, engineering
services and other design efforts.
Enhancements being incorporated in the CVN 78 Class design
include flight deck changes resulting in increased sortie rates;
improved weapons movement; a redesigned island; a new nuclear power
plant; increased electrical power generation capacity; allowance for
future technologies; and reduced workload for the sailors, translating
to a smaller crew size. Construction on CVN 79 is slated to begin in
2012 with delivery to the Navy