Navy contracts with HII for material, labor for work on Ford

May 1 (UPI) — Huntington Ingalls has been awarded a contract modification for additional services on the USS Gerald R. Ford, a first-in-class naval aircraft carrier.

The deal, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $61.3 million under the terms of a cost-plus-fixed fee contract, which modifies a previous Pentagon award.

The contract from Naval Sea Systems Command enables Huntington Ingalls to provide “additional material and labor supporting planning and the preliminary accomplishment of post-shakedown availability, selected restricted availability on USS Gerald R. Ford,” according to the Defense Department.

Post-shakedown availability and selected restricted availability are naval ship building industry terms related to correcting deficiencies found during test trials along with other authorized enhancements, including, work on both mechanical and electrical systems.

Work on the contract will occur in Newport News, Va., and is expected to be complete during the summer of 2018, said the Pentagon press release, which did not solidify an estimated date.

More than $8.5 million will be obligated to Huntington Ingalls at time of award from Navy fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion-post delivery funds.

The Pentagon says the obligated funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year in September.

Last month, Huntington Ingalls contract for post-shakedown availability and selected restricted availability on the USS Gerald R. Ford was modified by Naval Sea Systems Command under similar contract terms for more than $10.7 million.

The USS Gerald R. Ford is slated for its first deployment sometime in 2020, according to the Defense Department.