NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HII (NYSE:HII), America’s only nuclear-powered aircraft carrier builder and leading provider of mission-focused defense technologies, celebrated the laying ceremony aircraft carrier keel Company (CVN 80) in its Newport News shipbuilding division today.
US Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky are the ship’s sponsors. Ledecky attended in person, while Biles participated via video, as the duo marked the first milestone in the construction of the aircraft carrier.
During the ceremony, the initials of Biles and Ledecky were welded onto a steel plate which will be permanently attached to the ship, signifying the sponsors’ enduring relationship with the shipbuilders and crew.
In his remarks, Undersecretary of the Navy Erik Raven underscored the importance of aircraft carriers, calling on shipbuilders to recognize the importance of what they build.
“Our aircraft carriers would not be possible without the designers and builders right here at Newport News Shipbuilding,” Raven said. “Every member of the team here at Newport News can be certain that every cut of steel, every key turned and every challenge encountered in building her were steps towards strengthening our naval and national greatness – especially as this ship sails. on the high seas to protect our nation’s interests.”
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NNS President Jennifer Boykin praised skilled shipbuilders who build Companyhighlighting their commitment to the Navy and our nation as the only shipyard capable of building nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
“These hard-working women and men take 100,000 tons of steel and technology and not only float it, but also serve as a home, a workplace and a shield for the sailors of our Navy,” Boykin told the crowd. “Shipbuilding takes discipline, precision and a relentless drive for excellence, which we can never let go because our sailors and their families depend on us.”
Boykin also paid tribute to all of the veterans in attendance from previous U.S. Navy ships that were named Companyincluding CV 6 and CVN 65, both built at the NNS. CVN 80 will be the ninth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. Company. The most recent, the CVN 65, was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in history. Already, 20,000 pounds of CVN 65 steel has been incorporated into modules for CVN 80. When fully built, over 35,000 pounds of CVN 65 steel will live in CVN 80, ensuring the Company the legacy continues.
CVN 80 is the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier. Designed to replace Nimitz– class carriers, the Ford The class features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapon movement, an improved flight deck to support increased operational efficiency, and room for growth for future technologies.
As America recognizes the 100-year heritage of aircraft carriers this year, every aircraft carrier operating in the US Navy fleet today was built at NNS. Company is the first aircraft carrier not only digitally designed, but also digitally built using visual work instructions on laptops and tablets rather than paper drawings. Construction process on Fordclass carriers, including Companyare enabled by workforce learning that took place on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and John F.Kennedy (CVN 79). Company is the first of a bulk purchase of two carriers for the Navy, with work also underway at NNS on the second, Doris Miller (CVN 81).
A video of the ceremony, as well as additional information on Company (CVN 80), can be found at http://HII.com/CVN80
HII is an all-around defense and technology partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing America’s national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and resilient warships ever built to unmanned systems, ISR and AI analytics. /ML. HII is the industry leader in mission-driven solutions that support and enable strength in all areas. Based in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce numbers 44,000. For more information visit:
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