HII receives $2.1B for contracts
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.