Shipyard gets $206.7M to overhaul Lincoln

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NEWPORT NEWS — Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Newport News shipyard received a $206.7 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to plan for the upcoming mid-life nuclear refueling and complex overhaul of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier.

Lincoln's planning contract covers design, documentation, engineering, advanced material procurement, inspections, fabrication and support work. More than 1,000 employees will support the planning effort, the company has said.

Additional funding for the Lincoln planning is tied up in Congress, said Rear Adm. Michael McMahon, the Navy's program executive officer for aircraft carriers, in an interview last week.

Because Congress has not been able to agree on a fiscal year 2011 defense budget, funding for the carrier has not been appropriated, creating "substantial issues" for the Navy and the shipyard, McMahon said.

The measure is up for another vote on Friday.

The Newport News-built Lincoln is scheduled to return to the shipyard in 2013 for its overhaul, which is likely to stretch for more than three years and cost at least $3 billion.

Midlife maintenance projects, called Refueling and Complex Overhauls, or RCOH, take place once in the life of a Nimitz-class carrier and aim to extend the ship's life to 50 years.

The work is a crucial portion of the shipyard's portfolio, helping smooth workloads to maintain skilled workers between major construction projects.

During carrier overhaul projects, Northrop refuels a ship's twin nuclear reactors and performs a complete restoration of the vessel, including making repairs to more than 2,300 compartments, 600 tanks and hundreds of systems. Yard workers also upgrade the ships' flight decks, catapults, combat systems and islands.

In 2009, the shipyard completed an overhaul of the USS Carl Vinson and welcomed the USS Theodore Roosevelt to Newport News for its midlife maintenance. That ship is about 50 percent complete.

The Everett, Wash.-based Lincoln is scheduled to arrive to Newport News shortly after the Roosevelt is completed. The carrier, the fifth in the 10-ship Nimitz class, was delivered in 1989.

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