Buying materials in advance for the construction of the next two new U.S. Navy aircraft carriers starting in 2016 will save taxpayers $500 million over the course of their construction and will keep the industrial base strong.
The Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) urges Congress to authorize the advanced purchase of materials needed for the construction of the next two U.S. Navy Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, Enterprise (CVN 80) and the yet-to-be-named CVN 81.
Newport News Shipbuilding has begun reintroducing steam to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to begin final testing of the ship’s steam-powered systems. (Watch the video)
“As the backbone of John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is put in place during the ship's keel laying ceremony, the suppliers who will provide the steel, cable, valves, paint and equipment for this great ship celebrate the work completed to-date..."
— Rick Giannini, ACIBC Chairman (Read the full statement)
“Although New Jersey is not what typically comes to mind when you think of an aircraft carrier, every carrier in the Navy fleet has roots in our state.” — Michael Leahan, Marotta Controls (Read the news release)
“Although it is the only New England state not to border the Atlantic Ocean, Vermont is home to businesses that contribute significantly to the construction of the most powerful ships at sea: US Navy aircraft carriers” — Vermont Business Magazine
Mike Petters, President and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries sits down with Vago Muradian of Defense News to discuss what recent spending measures means for the shipbuilding community.
Mike Petters, President and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries sits down with Vago Muradian of Defense News to discuss the flexibility, agility and capabilities of aircraft carriers.
CNO: Truman heading to war in world filled with uncertainty
The Harry S. Truman carrier strike group is heading to the battlefield in the most challenging security environment the world has seen in decades, the Navy's top officer told the carrier's crew Thursday.
Carrier's commonwealth connections
Western Pennsylvania is proud of its contributions to the next-generation aircraft carrier, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). As Craig Smith covered in “Export native to take helm of Navy's newest warship, USS Gerald Ford” when the ship is delivered to the U.S. Navy next year, a Western Pennsylvania native, Capt. John Meier, will be at the helm of this “game changer.”
This is America's new $13 billion warship
The USS Ford, the lead ship of the new Ford-class aircraft-carrier series, is expected to join the US Navy in early 2016, according to CNN. Once deployed, the ship will be among the largest carriers ever to ply the seas and will feature a number of changes and advancements over the US' current Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
VCNO, Adm. Howard visits top supplier of valves for Navy ships
Adm. Michelle Howard, vice chief of naval operations, toured the Milwaukee Valve plant in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, Nov. 20. Milwaukee Valve Company is the Navy’s largest supplier of shipboard valves.