- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Newport News Shipbuilding has been awarded a nearly $58 million contract to plan for maintenance and modernization on the submarine USS Columbus.

The company says if all contract options are exercised, the total value of the work would be $288 million.

Contract work will include maintenance and restoration of the ship’s hull structure, tanks and propulsion systems. There will also be numerous ship alternations. Work will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in May 2019.

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

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