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    Huntington Ingalls Kickstarts Construction of Next-Gen USS Enterprise

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    USS George Washington (CVN 73)” by U.S. Army Korea (Historical Image Archive) is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the sole designer and builder of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers for the United States Navy, has initiated advanced construction work for the new USS Enterprise (CVN 80), marking a significant milestone in modern naval shipbuilding.

    180602-N-ZL062-0157 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 2, 2018) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) transits the Philippine Sea with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on the horizon during a routine patrol. Reagan an” by SurfaceWarriors is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

    The company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division began the process by cutting a 35-ton steel plate, which will form part of the aircraft carrier’s foundation.

    USS Enterprise CVN 65” by chukpike is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    The ceremonial event, which heralds the first construction milestone of the ship, was attended by ship’s sponsors and U.S. Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky, along with various dignitaries including Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and Rear Adm. Brian K. Antonio, program executive officer for aircraft carriers.

    080123-N-0535P-580 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 23, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), left, performs a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are on a scheduled deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jay C. Pugh (Released)

    Simone Biles, aligning her own values of patriotism and pride with the attributes of the U.S. Navy’s ships, drew a connection to her father’s 21-year service in the U.S. Air Force, emphasizing discipline, determination, and dedication.

    Though huge for a ship, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) makes for an extremely tight air base (Image Credit: US Navy)” by manhhai is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    Katie Ledecky echoed the sentiment, expressing gratitude for the freedom that allows athletes like her to compete, which is safeguarded by the U.S. military might that ships like the USS Enterprise represent.

    Multiple aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 5 fly in over USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).” by Official U.S. Navy Imagery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    This new vessel, which carries the legendary name Enterprise, is the ninth ship to bear the title and is part of the Gerald R. Ford-class of aircraft carriers.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)” by manhhai is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

    HII received a $152,005,409 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the initial advance procurement that includes integrated design, research and development, engineering, and procurement of long lead time materials.

    USS McCampbell (DDG-85) comes alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) for a refueling” by manhhai is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

    The contract award for the detailed design and construction of CVN 80 is expected in 2018, with the work to be carried out in Newport News, Virginia, slated for completion by March of the same year.

    This third Ford-class aircraft carrier promises increased efficiencies and innovative construction techniques.

    The Nimitz-Class USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) — Hampton Roads (VA) 2012” by Ron Cogswell is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin stated that the ship will be constructed using digital technology, moving away from traditional paper work packages and drawings.

    USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) refuel at sea.” by Official U.S. Navy Imagery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    This shift is aimed at revolutionizing shipbuilding, reminiscent of how the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the predecessor CVN 65, transformed the industry.

    ( CVN-76 ) USS Ronald Reagan” by Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) view is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    The Ford-class carriers are set to replace the older Nimitz-class and boast a series of advancements, including a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, and an enhanced flight deck capable of increased aircraft sortie rates.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and S Hyuga (DDH 181), right, sail in formation with 16 other ships.” by Official U.S. Navy Imagery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    Importantly, these carriers will operate with a smaller crew, providing the Navy with $4 billion in total ownership cost savings over the ship’s lifetime.

    USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), left, and FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) are underway in the Mediterranean Sea.” by Official U.S. Navy Imagery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    Aircraft carriers like the USS Enterprise play a crucial role in the U.S. Navy’s defense strategy, symbolizing American power and providing sovereign, mobile territory. These vessels are instrumental in ensuring the protection of global sea lanes and supporting the global economy.

    USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Arabian Gulf.” by Official U.S. Navy Imagery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    The announcement of this contract is a testament to HII’s unmatched expertise in carrier design and construction and underscores the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting the U.S. Navy’s mission and enhancing the nation’s maritime capabilities.

    Relevant articles:
    Huntington Ingalls Wins $152M Contract for USS Enterprise, Yahoo News UK
    HHI Wins Initial $152M for Third Ford, Defense aerospace
    USS Enterprise – GovCon Wire, GovCon Wire
    HII Cuts First Steel for Third Ford, Defense aerospace

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