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USS Carl Vinson to be repaired by NG

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has contracted Northrop Grumman to provide the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier with maintenance and upgrade services.

U.S. company Northrop Grumman says its Virginia-based Shipbuilding unit was awarded the contract. Under the approximately $50 million deal, Northrop Grumman will provide the USS Carl Vinson with maintenance work referred to as a post shakedown availability.

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Officials say the maintenance and repairs for the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, includes piping modernization, trash incinerator replacement and crane repairs among other requirements.

"We look forward to working with the ship's crew to complete this planned work and make Vinson an active part of the fleet again," Jim Hughes, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding vice president of aircraft carrier overhauls, said in a statement.

"Newport News (Va.) has been a continuous partner with the Navy on this ship for over 25 years and has had a particularly strong relationship with the crew during the recent Refueling and Complex Overhaul. We are committed to work together with all involved government activities to complete this project safely, on schedule and within budget."

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