Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII) said its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has received a $383m cost-plus-fixed-fee, level-of-effort contract option to continue planning work for the refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). If all contract options are exercised, the full value of the contract could reach $678 million.
The contract option is for work performed from Feb. 27, 2012, until Feb. 18, 2013, and includes planning, design, documentation, engineering, material procurement, pre-fabrication and shipboard inspections.
"RCOH work represents 35 percent of all maintenance and modernization that is performed on Nimitz-class aircraft carriers during their 50-year service life," said Ken Mahler, NNS' vice president of Navy Programs. "The complexity of this effort requires significant planning and preparation so that we achieve our commitment to successfully re-deliver these ships to our Navy customer in a timely and cost-effective manner."
Christened in 1988 and delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1989, USS Abraham Lincoln is the fifth Nimitz-class carrier built by Newport News Shipbuilding. It will also be the fifth ship of the class to undergo this major life-cycle milestone. More than 1,000 employees will support the planning effort.