The recent U.S. Navy contract to defuel CVN 73 USS George Washington is a good sign about the country’s intention for its aircraft carrier fleet, says Michael Petters, CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), whose Virginia-based Newport News Shipbuilding unit builds and maintains the ships. While the contract does not lock-in work to perform the mid-life overhaul of the carrier needed to extend its life, lawmakers have made clear their intent to keep the ship in the fleet, Petters ...

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