Northrop Grumman Awarded $24.6m Planning and Design Contract for

Thursday, November 16, 2006
Northrop Grumman Corporation 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 in 2019.

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