Future USS Gerald R. Ford Completes Successful Builder's Sea Trials, Begins Preparations for Acceptance Trials
(Source: US Naval Sea Systems Command; issued April 14, 2017)
WASHINGTON --- The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) returned from Builder's Sea Trials to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia on April 14 after seven days at sea.

During this initial at-sea period, Ford's crew, representatives from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, the Navy's CVN 78 Program Office, the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair and various technical subject matter experts demonstrated many of the ship's capabilities including tracking aircraft using the Dual Band Radar, conducting "no load" cycles using the new electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) and small boat operations.

As is typical with sea trials, the Navy and shipbuilder learned a great deal about the ship's performance during the extensive testing. Analysis continues, and any identified corrective actions will be addressed.

CVN 78 remains on track to conduct acceptance trials and delivery to the Navy this spring.

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Pentagon Contract Announcement
(Source: US Department of Defense; issued April 17, 2017)
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Newport News, Virginia, is being awarded a $21,664,219 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-08-C-2110 for production and test engineering efforts to correct government responsible work items for Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Work will be performed after ship delivery at Naval Station Norfolk.

The design and construction of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier requires highly technical and specialized knowledge of the ship's mission, design, systems, and nuclear reactor plants.

Huntington Ingalls Inc. (HIINC) is the nation's only designer and builder of nuclear powered aircraft carriers. HIINC has developed a unique capability encompassing all aspects of aircraft carrier design, construction, modernization, repair, and technical and engineering support which, because of its uniqueness, cannot be acquired elsewhere.

Additionally, HIINC is the only private shipbuilder with adequate facilities to accommodate construction of the large deck carrier.

Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by February 2018. Fiscal 2016 shipbuilding conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $50,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) - only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.

The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Newport News, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

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