Navy approves contract for work on USS Abraham Lincoln

Posted at 2:31 PM, Feb 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-28 14:31:33-05

The Navy has just approved a multi-million dollar contract for work on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

$40 million - that's how much the Navy approved to begin the overhaul of the USS Lincoln  that at one time had been delayed among the talks of sequestration.

The carrier is in need of major maintenance and refueling - that's estimated to cost billions of dollars.

Work was supposed to start February 14, 2013.

But the Navy postponed the project, along with several others with budget uncertainty in military spending.

The USS Lincoln remains at Naval Station Norfolk awaiting the major tune-up.

This money will help begin the process on the overhaul of the ship while it's at the base.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, the shipyard that's been contracted to do the work, believes the extension will help the Lincoln's timeline and keep dozens of shipyard workers employed.

The Newport News Shipbuilding Company released this statement:

"This is an extension to the existing planning contract for the refueling and complex overhaul of the USS Abraham Lincoln. This contract modification is for work being conducted at Naval Station Norfolk."

Again, this is only $40 million.

The shipbuilding company is still waiting for the full funding for the refueling and complex overhaul of the USS Lincoln which has not been approved.

They believe if Congress does not approve the full funding - this project could cost more, and layoffs at the Newport News Shipyard are possible.