Thw aircraft carrier Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) and Enterprise (CVN-65) sit side by side in the South Yard as the sunrise starts to light up the sky. HII Photo
This post has been updated to include workforce totals at Newport News Shipbuilding.
The sole U.S. aircraft carrier builder is planning on laying off 1,500 employees over the next year-and-a-half as part of a series of cost saving measures, according to a letter sent to employees from the president of Newport News Shipbuilding this week. Read More
The following is a July 20, 2015 letter from Newport News Shipbuilding president Matt Mulherin on planned cost reductions at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard. Read More
The following is the June 12, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
Dead load launched from Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) during EMALS testing. HII Photo
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Navy’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) encountered problems Tuesday morning prior to a round of testing in front of media, but Navy and industry officials say the problem is minor and part of the testing process. Read More
Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) Upper Bow Lift. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s recently awarded contract for the construction of the next aircraft carrier has the lowest price of any nuclear carrier (CVN) fixed-price contract, and for a ship that is much more complex and capable than its Nimitz-class predecessor, the program executive officer for aircraft carriers told reporters Monday morning. Read More
Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing in November 2013. US Navy photo.
The program executive officer for aircraft carriers told USNI News he is confident the carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will deliver on time despite delays in the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) program. Read More
A welder carves the initials of ship’s sponsor Diane Donald on a metal plate during the keel laying ceremony for the future Virginia-class attack submarine Indiana (SSN 789) on May 16, 2015. US Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
The Navy laid the keel of attack submarine Indiana (SSN-789) on Saturday at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. Read More
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) prepare the flight deck for flight operations. US Navy Photo
The Carl Vinson carrier strike group (CSG) has left U.S. Central Command and has passed its strike missions over Iraq and Syria to a new CSG centered on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), the service announced on Friday. Read More
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) under construction in 2013. Newport News Shipbuilding photo.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said the Navy is making good progress learning lessons from first-in-class Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) aircraft carrier and lowering costs for the follow-on John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), but he said more innovative ideas might be needed to introduce competition and continue to cut out cost. Read More
The following is the March 26, 2015 Congressional Research Service Report, Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More