The US Navy has awarded a contract for the construction of two new aircraft carriers, CVN 80 and CVN 81, to Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS)
A US Navy statement said: “This contract award delivers significant savings to the government – exceeding $4 billion when compared to the Navy’s original cost estimates to procure these CVNs separately.”
The contract includes ship integration costs of several modifications required to enable operations by the F-35C Lightning II, MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Aircraft System and MK 38 gun system.
According to the US Navy: “The contract guarantees a single technical baseline for both ships, which allows the shipyard to re-use engineering rollover products, minimise changes between the two ships and leverage economic order quantities for equipment and material procurement.
Enterprise (CVN 80) is the third ship of the Ford-Class and the numerical replacement for USS Eisenhower (CVN 69). CVN 81, not yet named, will be the fourth ship of the class and will be the numerical replacement for USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
CVN 80 began advanced planning and initial long lead time material procurement in May 2016.
Source: US Navy