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Huntington Ingalls contract for refueling complex overhaul of USS John C. Stennis US Navy aircraft carrier


Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., Newport News, Virginia, is awarded a $187,126,853 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-2106 to prepare and make ready for the refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Work will be performed in Newport News, Virginia (65%); and Norfolk, Virginia (35%).


Huntington Ingalls contract for refueling complex overhaul of USS John C. Stennis US Navy aircraft carrier 925 001 The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Strait of Hormuz, Jan. 20, 2019. (Picture source U.S. DoD)


This modification will extend the period of performance for continued advance planning efforts including material forecasting, long lead time material procurement, purchase order development, technical document and drawing development, scheduling, resource forecasting and planning, development of cost estimates for work to be accomplished, data acquisition, pre-overhaul tests and inspections, pre-overhaul preparations, refueling preparations and other technical studies as required to prepare and make ready for the CVN 74 RCOH accomplishment. Work is expected to complete by January 2021. This modification constitutes the award of an existing option for an additional six months of effort. The original contract and this modification will be accomplished by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., Newport News, Virginia, under the authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is the seventh Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the United States Navy. Instead of the gas turbines or diesel-electric systems used for propulsion on many modern warships, the carriers use two A4W pressurized water reactors which drive four propeller shafts and can produce a maximum speed of over 30 knots (56 km/h) and a maximum power of around 260,000 shaft horsepower (190 MW). As a result of the use of nuclear power, the ships are capable of operating for over 20 years without refueling and are predicted to have a service life of over 50 years.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier can carry up to 82 aircraft that could include F/A-18E/F Hornets, F/A-18 Hornets, E-2C Hawkeyes and fixed-wing and helicopters as SH-60F and HH-60H Seahawks.