WASHINGTON, March 29 Huntington Ingalls
Industries Inc. on Friday won a $2.6 billion contract to
refuel and overhaul the USS Abraham Lincoln, a nuclear-powered
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, the U.S. Navy said.
"Refueling, repairing and modernizing a Nimitz-class carrier
gives the Navy a fully mission ready aircraft carrier ready for
two and a half more decades of service on the front line,"
said Captain Frank Simei, program manager for in-service
The contract award was delayed six weeks due to a delay in
passage of the fiscal year 2013 defense spending bill. But the
Navy said it authorized additional work using other funds to
keep the refueling program on schedule.
The Navy moved the carrier from a naval station in Norfolk,
Virginia, to the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Newport News,
Virginia, on Thursday.