HII Wins $528M San Diego Aircraft Carrier Maintenance Contract

July 24, 2023 7:43 PM
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), lead ship of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, returned to Naval Air Station North Island on Aug. 11, 2022, after a deployment to U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleets in support of maritime secuirty operations to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. U.S. Navy Photo

Newport News Shipbuilding won a $528.4 million contract to maintain U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in California, according to a Monday Pentagon contract announcement.

If all the contract options are executed, the aircraft carrier builder will be responsible for the maintenance of carriers berthed at Naval Air Station North Island, short of a dry dock availability, until 2028, according to the announcement.

The contract covers, “emergent work, continuous maintenance availabilities, pre-refueling complex overhaul availabilities, and Chief of Naval Operations scheduled availabilities for Navy aircraft carriers homeported in and visiting the San Diego, California, area,” reads the announcement.

In a statement, HII said the contract would cover both Nimitz and Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carriers that pass through San Diego. That will include the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) – the first Ford-class carrier to be based on the West Coast. The work will also cover work for USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) to prepare the carrier for its mid-life refueling and overhaul when the carrier returns from Japan and before it sails to Newport News.

The contract does not cover the dry dock availability for West Coast carriers. The carriers that require a dry dock availability head to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Washington State.

HII has been the prime contractor for the carrier work for more than 20 years and recompeted for the maintenance contract.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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