An aerial view of the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation shipyard on the James River. In drydock #11 is the Military Sealift Command's new vehicle transport ship BILLILAND (T-AKR-298). In the drydock to the right of AKR-298 is the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS LONG BEACH (CGN-9) undergoing deactivation.
August 4, 2014
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Huntington Ingalls Industries has received a contract worth more than $49 million to begin planning for work associated with defueling the USS George Washington.
Huntington Ingalls says the 12-month contract awarded to its Newport News Shipbuilding division includes planning, engineering and shipboard inspections.
Newport News Shipbuilding vice president Chris Miner says in a news release that the company hopes the contract is the first step toward a full award of the refueling and complex overhaul planning contract for the George Washington.
If approved, Huntington Ingalls says the George Washington would be the sixth Nimitz-class carrier to undergo a refueling and complex overhaul.
Complex overhauls occur only once in the 50-year-life of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
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