Huntington Ingalls awarded $17.7M contract for USS Helena maintenance plans

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 24, 2016) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) transits the Atlantic Ocean with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group.. Ike is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rafael Martie/Released)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries has been awarded a $17.7 million contract for planning and maintenance work on the USS Helena (SSN 725).

Planning efforts will include design studies, risk assessments, engineering, material procurement and pre-fabrication, logistics, ship checks and planning documentation.

Work will begin immediately and is expected to be finished in October 2017.

“Our shipbuilders are committed to providing quality engineering and planning services to our Navy customer,” said Matt Needy, Newport News’ vice president, submarines and fleet support. “We recognize the importance of returning these submarines to the fleet with increased capability, and we are committed to do so on budget and on schedule.”