OREANDA-NEWS. September 30, 2016. Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a \\$17.7 million contract to perform planning work in support of maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine 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 completed 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.”

Newport News is one of only two U.S. shipyards capable of building nuclear-powered submarines and has a long history of performing ship repair projects for the U.S. government, ranging from paint repair to complete hull and machinery renovation.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 35,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: