US CVN-74 Carrier Headed Into PIA+D
Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., Seattle Division in Seattle WA received a $26.7 million modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-04-C-4152), exercise an option for performance of the Dry Docking Ship Planned Incremental Availability of the Nimitz Class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis [CVN 74], which was commissioned in 1995. During an American Nimitz Class carrier’s 50 year life span, it has 12 Planned incremental availabilities, 4 Drydocking Planned Incremental Availabilities (PIA+D), and 1 multi-year reactor refueling and complex overhaul. The PIA+D procedure can involve substantial modifications of its own, including improved radars, combat systems, etc. In June 2007, for instance, USS George Washington [CVN 73] even received a new mast as part of this process.
Work will be performed in Bremerton, Wash., and is expected to be complete in March 2008. All contract funding will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash. issued the contract.