Huntington Ingalls Industries among companies securing contracts

Hugh Lessig
Contact Reporterhlessig@dailypress.com

Defense contracts awarded to Hampton Roads firms in April included two benefiting Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News shipyard and another that will boost its Gulf Coast operation.

The nation's largest military shipbuilder was awarded $21.6 million to continue work on the first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, which recently cleared initial sea trials. It also received $9.8 million for work on the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier nearing the end of a midlife refueling overhaul.

The company also received a potential $90 million contract for the future USS Tripoli, an amphibious assault ship built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Included in the contract is post-delivery and post-shakedown work.

The contract award was announced for $7 million; it rises to $90 million if all options are exercised. The Tripoli is expected to be commissioned next year.

Ingalls launched the Tripoli from its floating dry dock May 1. That was 13 weeks ahead of the original construction schedule, the company said.

Around the region, other contract awards of note in April covered architectural services, building renovations, ship upgrades and other work. The information comes from the Defense Department, which publishes awards worth $7 million or more:

•Atlantic CommTech Corp., Norfolk, was among a dozen firms named in an order-dependent $270 million contract from the Army Corps of Engineers to order, install and maintain electronic security systems. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order.

•Wartsila Defense Inc., Chesapeake, received a $29.5 million contract for design, development and testing of pre-prototype hardware related to propulsion systems.

•Prism Maritime LLC, Chesapeake, won a $49.5 million contract for installation of electro-optic systems for Navy and Coast Guard ships.

•Two Virginia Beach firms, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Waller, Todd and Sadler Architects, have each been awarded a $10 million contract for architect-engineering services to support the Norfolk District of the Army Corps of Engineers.

•Asturian Group Inc., Virginia Beach, won a $7.4 million contract for repair and renovation of the Navy Gateway Inn and Suites at Naval Station Norfolk.

•QED Systems, Virginia Beach, and an Alabama-based firm were named in a $260 million multiple-award contract for surface preservation and installation of new coatings on Navy ships. Under its terms, the companies will compete for individual orders over five years.

Lessig can be reached by phone at 757-247-7821.

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