Ingalls Shipyard has been awarded a $504 million contract extension for engineering work for the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford.
The company's Newport News Shipbuilding division is the prime contractor. Work performed under the contract includes the continuation of design-related activities and integration and system analysis for non-propulsion plant work.
"This contract allows the company to complete the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) class design and planning activities in support of the ship's construction," said Mike Shawcross, vice president, Gerald R. Ford class engineering and John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) construction. "The Ford's structure is nearly 50 percent erected in our No. 12 dry dock, and construction continues on schedule for delivery in 2015."
Gerald R. Ford, the lead ship in the new class of carriers, has been under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding since her keel laying in November 2009. The Ford class continues the legacy of highly capable U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The new class includes a redesigned island and an improved flight deck and weapons handling systems, all resulting in increased aircraft sortie generation rates. The ship will also include newly designed nuclear power plants, increased electrical power generation capacity, allowance for future technologies and reduced workload for the sailors, which translates to a smaller crew size and reduced operating costs for the Navy.