Newport News awarded $150 million navy contract

Northrop Grumman has announced that its Newport News sector has been awarded a $150 million contract by the US navy for non-propulsion work on Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced that its Newport News sector has been awarded a multi-year, multiship contract by the US navy for non-propulsion work on Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in San Diego. The contract is valued at approximately $150 million and will continue through to 2007.

According to a statement, Newport News will lead a team of San Diego-based contractors for the production work under contract. The team consists of National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication Inc., SouthWest Marine Inc., and Continental Maritime.

The first authorised task involves planning for the upcoming Planned Incremental Availability on the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at the North Island Naval Air Station in the autumn of 2002. This contract is follow-on to a previous contract for maintenance and modernisation of Stennis in San Diego.

The Stennis and the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) are currently moored in San Diego and the navy has announced that the Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), currently under construction at Northrop Grumman Newport News, will also be based in San Diego after delivery.

Northrop Grumman Newport News is America’s sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two companies capable of designing and building nuclear powered submarines.