Navy Sub Project Awarded


Newport News Shipbuilding will be undertaking maintenance and modernization efforts on the Navy’s USS Columbus submarine.

Newport News, one of two U.S. shipyards able to build nuclear-power submarines, has been selected for the planning of repair, preservation and update work on the Columbus.

The value of the contract is $57.8 million, parent company Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Aug. 18. If all options of the contract are employed, it added, the total value of the work could reach $288 million.

Newport News, which has a history of government-contract ship repair projects ranging from paint repair to complete hull and machinery renovation, will begin work immediately.

Its plan includes maintenance and restoration of the hull structure, tanks, propulsion systems, electric plant, auxiliary systems, armament and furnishings, as well as numerous ship alterations.

"Modernization and maintenance of our nation's submarines is vital to the readiness of our Navy partner," said Jim Hughes, Newport News Shipbuilding's vice president, submarines and fleet support.

"We look forward to doing our part to provide these services with the highest quality, on budget and on schedule," he added.

A target end date for the project is slated for May 2019.

Shipyard Climate

This announcement comes on the heels of a July 24 report that layoffs at the shipyard were on the horizon. Cuts were expected to begin in the fall and continue into 2016, with about 1,500 employees in danger of being affected.

Huntington Ingalls Industries / John Whalen

Huntington Ingalls indicated that if all contract options were exercised, the total value of the work would be $288 million.

At that time, the Virginian-Pilot Online reported that Matt Mulherin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, had sent employees a letter indicating that the threat of layoffs, as well as other cost-cutting measures, was a result of three aircraft carrier projects nearing completion in the coming months.

Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. With a 129-year history, the company provides after-market services for both carriers and subs in addition to building them.

It became division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in 2011, after being a part of Northrop Grumman since 2001.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America's largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets.

Headquartered in Newport News, VA, Huntington Ingalls employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.


Tagged categories: Marine; Marine Coatings; North America; Program/Project Management; Shipyards; Tanks and vessels; U.S. Navy

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