The U.S. Navy has awarded the Newport News Shipbuilding unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a contract modification to continue long-lead time material procurement for the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), the second scheduled next-generation Ford-class carrier. While the $56.5 million contract is a relative pittance compared to the anticipated overall cost of the ship — about $10.3 billion, according to the Congressional Research ...

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