NNS Awarded Stennis Contract USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) will soon arrive at Newport News Shipbuilding for its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul.

NNS Awarded Stennis Contract

Published February 23, 2021

Newport News Shipbuilding has been awarded a $2.9 billion contract for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

“We are pleased to be awarded the contract to execute this extensive construction and engineering project,” said Todd West, vice president of In-Service Aircraft Carrier Programs. “Our teams have spent three years preparing and planning for each step of the process along the way, and we look forward to continuing our work with our suppliers and Navy partners in anticipation of the ship’s arrival at Newport News.”

The RCOH represents 35% of all maintenance and modernization in an aircraft carrier’s 50-year service life. Stennis’ RCOH will include the refueling of the ship’s reactors, as well as extensive modernization work to more than 2,300 compartments, hundreds of tanks and systems. In addition, major upgrades will be made in the propulsion plant, to the flight deck, catapults, combat systems and the island.

Built at NNS, Stennis was christened in 1993 and delivered to the Navy in 1995. The ship is the seventh Nimitz-class carrier to undergo this major life-cycle milestone. More than 4,000 shipbuilders will support the execution effort, which will continue through late 2025.