Newport News Shipbuilding gets $43 million contract modification for aircraft carrier

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Newport News Shipbuilding has received a $43.4 million modification to a previously awarded contract from the U.S. Navy. The money will be used to purchase supplies for the construction of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).

In a statement, Mike Shawcross, vice president of the CVN 79 project said:

“This award enables us to continue our construction preparation efforts, allowing us to provide a more efficient approach to building the ship that supports one of our most important goals, affordability.”

The funds will be used to buy major, long-lead-time equipment, such as the ship’s elevator machinery and large pumps. NNS is performing work on CVN 79 under a construction preparation contract. The full contract is scheduled to be awarded in 2013.

John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is a Gerald R. Ford-class carrier, a new line of ships which is expected to help the Navy cut back on operating costs. 

Newport News Shipbuilding is part of Huntington Ingalls Industries, a spin-off of Northrop Grumman.

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