General Dynamics gets contract to maintain five US aircraft carriers

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics NASSCO–Norfolk a maintenance contract to perform non-nuclear planning and maintenance work during six chief of naval operations (CNO) availabilities on four Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and one Gerald R. Ford-class carrier, home-ported in or visiting Norfolk, Virginia.

An availability is the time a U.S. Naval ship undergoes repairs and alterations to return it to a fully operational status and ensure complete mission readiness. Upon completion, all work within an availability must be documented and certified.

The five-year cost-plus-award-fee and incentive fee contract the company received also includes the ability to provide for any continuing or emergent maintenance repairs on any of these East Coast aircraft carriers.

In addition, NASSCO–Norfolk was awarded a $23 million cost-plus-award-fee modification for the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) fiscal 2016 planned incremental availability, as part of an add-on to a previously awarded contract. Under this contract, the company will provide ship-repair services such as the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities.

Work will be performed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 2017.

Another contract for work on aircraft carriers was awarded to Huntington Ingalls’ Newport News Shipbuilding division which received $20 million for the refueling complex overhaul of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

NNS is to carry out the overhaul, modernization, repair, maintenance, and refueling, all expected to be completed by November 2016.