Huntington Ingalls Industries has won a $3.35 billion contract award for the detail design and construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).
John F Kennedy is the second ship in the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers. The company also received a $941 million modification to an existing construction preparation contract to continue material procurement and manufacturing in support of the ship.
The Contract work includes ship construction, ship design activities, engineering services, procurement of materials and hardware to support construction and logistics activities.
Mike Shawcross, Newport News Shipbuilding's vice president,John F. Kennedy carrier construction said "These awards are important, not only for the shipbuilders at Newport News Shipbuilding, but for the thousands of suppliers nationwide who provide the steel, pipe, cable, paint and equipment that goes into this cutting-edge defense platform—and for the sailors who will sail her".
The Ford class also features new nuclear power plants, increased electrical power-generation capacity, allowance for future technologies, and reduced workload for sailors, translating to a smaller crew size and reduced operating costs for the Navy.