Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $2.9 billion contract for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.
The RCOH will include the refueling of the ship’s reactors, as well as extensive modernisation work to more than 2,300 compartments, hundreds of tanks and systems. In addition, major upgrades will be made in the propulsion plant, to the flight deck, catapults, combat systems and the island.
Built at Newport News, the USS John C. Stennis was christened in 1993 and delivered to the US Navy in 1995. The ship is the seventh Nimitz-class carrier to undergo this major life-cycle milestone. More than 4,000 Newport News employees will be involved in the RCOH work, which will continue through late 2025.
‘We are pleased to be awarded the contract to execute this extensive construction and engineering project,’ commented Todd West, Newport News’ vice president, in-service aircraft carrier programmes. ‘Our teams have spent three years preparing and planning for each step of the process along the way, and we look forward to continuing our work with our suppliers and Navy partners in anticipation of the ship’s arrival at Newport News.’