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HII IS AWARDED CONTRACT FOR DDG 51-CLASS FOLLOW YARD SUPPORT


Photo caption: HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division was award a cost-plus-award fee contract from the U.S. Navy on Friday, Nov. 17 for follow yard support of the Navy’s Arleigh Burke- class (DDG 51) destroyer program. Pictured is USS Jack H. Lucas during builder’s trials in April 2023. USS Jack H. Lucas is the most recent Ingalls-built Arleigh Burke-class destroyer commissioned into the U.S. Navy. (HII photo)


PASCAGOULA, Miss., (Nov. 17, 2023) — HII (NYSE: HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division received a cost-plus-award fee contract from the U.S. Navy for follow yard support of the Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer program.


This contract, which allows for the continuation of key technical management and support functions that enable coordinated production of DDGs under existing construction contracts, includes four option years with a total potential contract value of $185 million if all options are exercised.


“This is another exciting opportunity for our shipbuilders to demonstrate their versatility in handling all aspects of shipbuilding,” Ingalls Shipbuilding DDG 51 Program Manager Ben Barnett said. “We are honored to provide this support to our Navy customer and the nation’s defense.”


Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. Guided missile destroyers are the backbone of the U.S. surface fleet and are capable of fighting multiple air, surface and subsurface threats simultaneously.


 

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HII SECURES AIR FORCE CONTRACT TO ENHANCE INFORMATION-SHARING WITHIN INTELLIGENCE ALLIANCE


‘Pegasus’ to Support Future Mission Partner Environment Capabilities


MCLEAN, Va., (Nov. 21, 2023) — HII (NYSE: HII) announced today that its Mission Technologies division was awarded a three-year task order under the Analytical and Technical Services contract to provide information-sharing capabilities to the Five Eyes intelligence alliance comprised of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


The objective of the Pegasus task order, administered by the Secretary of the Air Force’s Concept, Development and Management Mission Partner Capability Office, is to provide email, phone, video and chat capabilities to enable seamless collaboration between Five Eyes warfighters at both a national and international level.


“Pegasus is an important capability that will help U.S. military forces and Five Eyes members with critical war planning and execution,” said Grant Hagen, president of Mission Technologies’ Cyber, Electronic Warfare and Space business group.


The work will be performed by HII, together with major subcontractor General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc.


Pegasus is a component of the overall Mission Partner Capabilities Office portfolio of capabilities that support the Mission Partner Environment, which allows the U.S. military and its mission partners to communicate, collaborate and share information securely.


 

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NATIONAL SECURITY CUTTER CALHOUN (WMSL 759) SAILS AWAY FROM HII’S INGALLS SHIPBUILDING


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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (November 21, 2023) – The U.S. Coast Guard’s newest Legend-class national security cutter, Calhoun (WMSL 759), departed from HII’s (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Sunday, Nov. 19.


“We congratulate the NSC team of shipbuilders on a job well done,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding NSC Program Manager Amanda Whitaker. “Watching Calhoun sail away is a proud moment for us all and we look forward to watching this highly capable national security cutter serve for decades to come.”


Calhoun is scheduled for commissioning in 2024 and will be homeported in Charleston, S.C., joining cutters Hamilton, James and Stone.


Ingalls has delivered 10 Legend-class national security cutters to the Coast Guard, including Calhoun and is continuing construction on the final ship in the class, Friedman (WMSL 760).


For over two decades, Ingalls Shipbuilding has designed and built the Coast Guard’s Legend-class national security cutters. These ships are capable of embarking and supporting a wide range of Coast Guard, Navy and NATO missions. National security cutters have proven to be ideal platforms for drug interdiction, global illegal fishing, disaster relief and defense support operations.


NSC 10 is named to honor Charles L. Calhoun, the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard. Calhoun served in the U.S. Navy for three years during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946 as a torpedoman’s mate petty officer 2nd class. He enlisted in the Coast Guard that same year and held varying positions of leadership over the course of his career.


 

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HII’S INGALLS SHIPBUILDING CHRISTENS AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP BOUGAINVILLE (LHA 8)


PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Dec. 2, 2023) — HII’s (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened the Navy’s third America-class amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8) today.


“Today is not only a day to celebrate our namesake, representatives of the successful outcome of a World War II campaign, but also the team work and collaboration of our United States Navy and Marine Corps that enabled it,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson said. “To fulfill our mission here in the shipyard, our sailors and Marines serve as a stellar example of how this extended network works together to fulfill a bigger purpose.”


Bougainville is the second ship named in honor of Bougainville Island in the Solomons. The name commemorates a successful World War II campaign enabled by close coordination among the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and our allies. During the campaign, which lasted from 1943 to 1944, allied forces secured a strategic airfield from Japanese forces in the northern Solomon Islands, helping the allies break the Japanese stronghold in the South Pacific.


In his remarks, Major Gen. James Adams III, nominee for deputy commandant for Programs & Resources, Headquarters United States Marine Corps, honored the Americans who fought during the Bougainville campaign.


Bougainville’s christening symbolizes their enduring legacy – a legacy etched into the very soul of this vessel,” Adams said. “As was the case with Bougainville, the nation needs modern amphibious ships. They are the cornerstone of our nation’s global expeditionary crisis response force.”


Under Secretary of the Navy Erik Raven served as the keynote speaker.

“(These) ships, like the future USS Bougainville, make our Navy and Marine Corps team a potent fight; providing forward-posture across the globe, ready to respond to crisis and disaster,” Raven said.He also addressed the Ingalls shipbuilders who have built Bougainville. “I see why the Department of the Navy has enjoyed such a long and successful relationship with this yard. You are special, and together you represent the finest qualities of our great nation. Please remember this and remember that what you do matters. You play a critical role in defending our way of life,” Raven said.


Bougainville is sponsored by Ellyn S. Dunford, wife of Gen. Joe Dunford Jr. 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he was also the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Ellyn Dunford officially christened Bougainville by smashing a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the ship.


She spoke proudly of the perseverance shown by the Navy and Ingalls Shipbuilding team the past few years of construction on Bougainville during the ceremony.


“From naval architects and engineers to welders and the supply team, they experienced their own challenges, including a pandemic, and true to the spirit of those who fought at Bougainville, they all met the challenge with tenacity and overcame each challenge,” Dunford said.


The America-class LHA is a multi-functional and versatile ship that is capable of operating in a high density, multi-threat environment as an integral part of an expeditionary strike group, an amphibious task force or an amphibious ready group.


Ingalls has delivered 15 large-deck amphibious ships to the U.S. Navy. The shipyard delivered the first in the new America class of amphibious assault ships (LHA 6) in 2014. The second ship in the America class, USS Tripoli (LHA 7), was delivered to the Navy in early 2020. In addition to Bougainville, Fallujah (LHA 9) is also under construction, and the company authenticated the keel during a ceremony in September 2023.


 

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US NAVY SUBS ARE GETTING A DRONE THAT CAN LAUNCH THROUGH A TORPEDO TUBE


HII is honored to be a part of this successful and groundbreaking mission: the first end-to-end submarine torpedo tube launch and recovery of a REMUS medium unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) using the Yellow Moray system.
This incredible feat is a game-changer, significantly enhancing the capabilities of the US Navy’s submarines and their contribution to our nation’s unified combatant commands worldwide.

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US Navy Subs Are Getting a Drone That Can Launch Through a Torpedo Tube

The Maritime Executive | Dec. 12, 2023

For the first time, a U.S. Navy submarine has tested an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that can leave and re-enter the sub through a torpedo tube. The capability to deploy a drone through an existing hatch creates new opportunities for surveillance, scouting and other missions.


The Navy’s submarine community has been testing a variant of the REMUS 600 military/civilian UUV for some time using a drydeck shelter and divers for launch and recovery. However, the number of subs in the Navy inventory that can carry a drydeck shelter is finite, and the launch and recovery procedure is operationally cumbersome, so the service has an interest in developing a variant that can go in and out of a torpedo tube. This would make the device usable across the fleet, on any sub in service, without the extra hassle of stopping and deploying divers each time it is used. The only challenge is threading a torpedo-size drone back through a torpedo-sized hole from the outside.


 

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HII AWARDED $197 MILLION CONTRACT TO SUPPORT JOINT FORCE READINESS


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MCLEAN, Va., (Jan. 19, 2024) — HII (NYSE: HII) announced today that its Mission Technologies division was awarded a $197 million recompete task order contract to conduct research and development for the Joint Training Synthetic Environment (JTSE), which blends live and virtual training into a single synthetic environment that enables joint force readiness.


Administered by the Joint Staff J7, Deputy Director of Joint Training, HII will develop, maintain, support and provide joint training in a synthetic environment across combatant commands, military service branches, federal agencies, academia, industry and multi-national partners. The JTSE is designed to evolve with changing operational needs, providing accessible exercises that mirror the complexity of real-world scenarios.


“As the battlespace becomes more complex, so does the need for warfighters who are fully equipped to handle any challenge,” said Glenn Goodman, president of Mission Technologies’ LVC Solutions business group. “We are committed to the development and delivery of a truly integrated, high-fidelity training capability that supports the future fight.”


HII was awarded this task order under the Department of Defense Information (DoD) Analysis Center’s (IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC) vehicle. IAC MAC task orders are awarded by the U.S. Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron to develop and create new knowledge for the enhancement of the Defense Technical Information Center repository and the research and development and science and technology community.


The task order has a five-year term. Most of the work will be performed in Suffolk, Virginia.


HII’s support to the joint staff is an extension of work performed under two previous contracts awarded in August 2020 and March 2018, respectively. HII is the largest provider of secure, realistic networked LVC training environment to the DoD. HII supports both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force in LVC training.


 

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HII IS AWARDED ADVANCED PLANNING CONTRACT FOR USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) RCOH


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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., (Jan. 26, 2024) — HII (NYSE: HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division was awarded an advanced planning contract for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).


The contract, which has the total potential value of $913 million, includes engineering, design, material procurement and fabrication, documentation, resource forecasting and pre-overhaul inspections.


“Comprehensive planning is vitally important to the overall success of an engineering and construction project of this magnitude on the aircraft carriers that serve our nation,” said Rob Check, NNS vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs. “This contract allows us to properly plan for each step in the overhaul process, from preparing for the ship’s arrival at NNS to its redelivery back to the Navy, so that Harry S. Truman and its sailors can continue to protect peace and prosperity around the world.”


Christened in 1996 and delivered to the Navy in 1998, USS Harry S. Truman will be the eighth Nimitz-class carrier to undergo RCOH, representing 35% of all maintenance and modernization completed during its 50-year service life.


 

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HII COMPLETES BUILDER’S TRIALS ON RICHARD M. MCCOOL JR. (LPD 29)


PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Feb.1, 2024) — HII’s (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced today the successful completion of builder’s sea trials for the amphibious transport dock ship Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29). The San Antonio-class ship spent time in the Gulf of Mexico testing all systems in preparation for the remaining events that will occur prior to delivery of the ship, expected to occur in the spring.


“Our shipbuilders have worked hard to get LPD 29 to sea,” Ingalls Shipbuilding Ship Program Manager Davianne Stokes said. “We are absolutely dedicated to get this important asset into the hands of our Navy and Marine Corps partners.”


Ingalls Shipbuilding has delivered 12 San Antonio-class ships and currently has three LPDs under construction, including Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29); Harrisburg (LPD 30), the first Flight II LPD; and Pittsburgh (LPD 31). LPD Flight II is the next generation amphibious ship to replace Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) classes of dock landing ships.


In March 2023, Ingalls received a $1.3 billion modification to a previously awarded contract from the U.S. Navy for the procurement of the detail design and construction of LPD 32, named Philadelphia, the 16th ship in the San Antonio class and the third LPD Flight II.


Amphibious transport dock ships are a major part of the Navy’s 21st century expeditionary force, deployed with a U.S. Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force for amphibious and expeditionary crisis response operations that range from deterrence and joint-force enablement to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.


 

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HII BEGINS TOPSIDE EMALS TESTING ON JOHN F. KENNEDY (CVN 79) AT NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING


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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., (Feb. 21, 2024) — HII (NYSE: HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division (NNS) recently began topside testing of the electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) on aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).


EMALS, first integrated into USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), replaces the existing steam catapults currently in use on the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.


Following successful “no-load” testing on catapults one and two, known as the ‘bow cats,’ the NNS team, alongside the John F. Kennedy crew, has now started “dead-load” testing. In this phase, large, wheeled, car-like structures of graduated weights up to 80,000 pounds to simulate the weight of actual aircraft are launched off the carrier’s bow into the James River. They are then retrieved and relaunched until the conclusion of the test program to ensure the catapults are ready for their primary intended purpose: to launch all carrier-based fixed wing aircraft flown by the U.S. Navy.


The first dead loads used in this testing have special significance. Family members of shipbuilders signed them with messages of congratulations and gratitude during the shipyard’s Family Day held in October.


“As we make sustained progress in the construction, testing and turnover of John F. Kennedy, reaching the dead load testing phase is a visual demonstration of how far we’ve come,” said Lucas Hicks, vice president, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) new construction aircraft carrier program. “It is evident from the thousands of written messages that our shipbuilders and their families appreciate and understand the significance of our work. We are proud of the incredible teamwork that has brought us to this point, and remain committed to delivering this mighty aircraft carrier to the fleet so the crew can carry out the important mission ahead.”


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“The first dead-load launch off the flight deck is a historic moment for PCU John F. Kennedy, and a testament to the power of great teamwork between our JFK crew, HII team, and NAVAIR engineers,” said CAPT Colin Day, commanding officer, PCU John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). “I’m particularly proud of our Air Department and the hard-working Aviation Boatswain Mates who worked tirelessly alongside the engineering and testing teams to get us to this critical moment.”


Traveling more than 300 feet down the catapult track at more than 150 miles per hour, EMALS provides expanded operational capability at reduced costs, higher launch-energy capacity, and more accurate end-speed control, with a smooth acceleration at both high and low speeds. The launch profiles have been optimized to reduce stress on the aircraft, in contrast to the sudden acceleration of steam catapults.


Kennedy is the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier under construction at NNS, which is the nation’s sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. In addition to Kennedy, two other Ford-class carriers are under construction at NNS: Enterprise (CVN 80) and Doris Miller (CVN 81).


 

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