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1,500 Layoffs Planned for Newport News Shipbuilding

1,500 Layoffs Planned for Newport News Shipbuilding

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

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

Navy: CVN-79 Contract Has Lowest Ceiling Price Ever; R&D Investment Will Take Out Further Cost

Navy: CVN-79 Contract Has Lowest Ceiling Price Ever; R&D Investment Will Take Out Further Cost

Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) Upper Bow Lift. US Navy Photo

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

PEO Carriers: Advanced Arresting Gear Delays Won't Stop Ford From Delivering On Time

PEO Carriers: Advanced Arresting Gear Delays Won’t Stop Ford From Delivering On Time

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.

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

Navy Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Attack Sub Indiana

Navy Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Attack Sub Indiana

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.

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

Navy, Newport News Seeking Ways to Cut Carrier Costs, Introduce More Competition

Navy, Newport News Seeking Ways to Cut Carrier Costs, Introduce More Competition

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) under construction in 2013. Newport News Shipbuilding photo.

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