HII re­ceives $2.1B for con­tracts

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Local News - By Hugh Les­sig Staff writer Hugh Les­sig, 757-247-7821, [email protected]­ly­press.com, @hlessig

Hunt­ing­ton Ingalls In­dus­tries ended De­cem­ber on a high note with the New Year’s Eve ap­proval of an air­craft car­rier bulk pur­chase, but the rest of the month also went rather well.

The na­tion’s largest mil­i­tary ship­builder re­ceived a whop­ping $2.1 bil­lion in con­tract awards to lead the De­cem­ber de­fense con­tract roundup for Hamp­ton Roads.

The con­tracts touched all cor­ners of the com­pany’s op­er­a­tion, from New­port News to the Gulf Coast, from new con­struc­tion to main­te­nance, and in­volv­ing air­craft car­ri­ers, sub­marines, am­phibi­ous war­ships and Coast Guard cut­ters.

The ma­jor­ity of the awards went to HII’s Ingalls Ship­build­ing di­vi­sion in Pascagoula, Miss., but the com­pany’s New­port News ship­yard also re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant work.

The con­tract for the two-car­rier bulk buy could be awarded by the end of Jan­uary. It will cover the fu­ture USS En­ter­prise, the third Ford-class car­rier now un­der­go­ing ad­vance work at New­port News Ship­build­ing, and the fourth car­rier of the class.

Here’s a run­down of the awards com­piled from De­fense Depart­ment list­ings and the com­pany’s news re­leases:

Coast Guard cut­ters: HII-Ingalls re­ceived sep­a­rate con­tracts from the U.S. Coast Guard to build two Na­tional Se­cu­rity Cut­ters, val­ued at $468.75 mil­lion and $462.13 mil­lion. To date, Ingalls has de­liv­ered seven of these cut­ters, de­signed to re­place the dozen Hamil­ton-class cut­ters that en­tered ser­vice in the 1960s. The sev­enth NSC, Kim­ball, will be com­mis­sioned in Hawaii on Jan. 19.

Sub­ma­rine main­te­nance and mod­ern­iza­tion: HII-New­por t News was named along with a Ch­e­sa­peake com­pany and Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Elec­tric Boat in Gro­ton, Conn., in a mul­ti­ple-award deal that cov­ers a broad ar­ray of work on Navy sub­marines.

The New­port News ship­yard will re­ceive $874.3 mil­lion. Ocea­neer­ing In­ter­na­tional of Ch­e­sa­peake gets $827.6 mil­lion, and EB will re­ceive $1.1 bil­lion.

The con­tracts will sup­port “large sub­ma­rine main­te­nance and mod­ern­iza­tion pro­grams” and needed changes or al­ter­ations, ac­cord­ing to the De­fense Depart- ment. Lo­cally, the work will be per­formed at Nor­folk Naval Ship­yard.

Air­craft car­ri­ers: HII-New­port News re­ceived $228.8 mil­lion for ad­vance work on the En­ter­prise and $11 mil­lion for ad­vance plan­ning for the re­fu­el­ing and over­haul of the USS John C. Sten­nis.

LPD, or land­ing plat­form dock ships: HII-Ingalls re­ceived two awards re­lated to the ver­sa­tile San An­to­nio-class LPD ships.

The first was for $39.3 mil­lion for a wide va­ri­ety of ser­vices re­lated to the LPD pro­gram in gen­eral.

The sec­ond was for $11mil­lion to up­date com­bat sys­tems and other elec­tronic com­po­nents for ships LPD 28 and LPD 29, the Fort Laud­erdale and the Richard M. McCool, re­spec­tively.

Other ships: HII-Ingalls re­ceived $28.5 mil­lion for post-de­liv­ery work on the USS Tripoli, an am­phibi­ous as­sault ship, and $10.7 mil­lion for ad­vance ma­te­ri­als pur­chase and man­age­ment ser­vices on a pair of Ti­con­deroga-class guided-mis­sile cruis­ers, the USS Chosin and the USS Vicks­burg.

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