Huntington Ingalls Industries was awarded a $25.5 million contract to essentially start the advanced fabrication of the third Ford class aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise.
The work will see the construction of various components that will be formed into blocks that will then be joined together in the huge construction dry dock at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.
Construction of USS Enterprise is scheduled to commence in 2018 once the dock has been cleared following the completion of the second Ford class aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy, which is advancing at some speed.
Largest and, arguably, the most capable of these is the second Izumo class helicopter destroyer JS Kaga. Accepted from her shipbuilders, Japan Marine United, at Yokohama, the helicopter carrier has a displacement of 24,000 tonnes at full load.
When she enters full service the helicopter carrier will have a complement of around 600 men and will have a mix of helicopters designed for anti submarine and mine countermeasure work.
Interestingly this vessel is the first ship in the modern era to use the name Kaga, made famous by her predecessor when she attacked the US Navy at Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
The Fearless Class patrol boats which have been an important part of the defence of the island state have started to be withdrawn from service pending the arrival of new Littoral Mission vessels to replace them.
RSS Independence is the first of the Fearless class to be decommissioned after 19 years of active duty.
Her name, however, will remain active having been transferred to the first of the new Littoral Mission boats.
On completion of sea trials she will replace the elderly BIC Humboldt which entered service in 1978.
The new ship is equipped with state of the art hydrographic equipment, a helicopter deck, two submersibles and a variety of laboratories to undertake scientific research across the Antarctic region.