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A view of the gantry crane over drydock #12 at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News. (Adrin Snider, Daily Press/TNS)

(Tribune News Service) — Huntington Ingalls Industries won a $273 million contract to support Navy maintenance programs.

Under the five-year contract, HII’s Technical Solutions division employees will work around the world while ships are deployed to support maintenance and planning for overhauls. The idea is to follow a “find, fix and train” program to boost self-sufficiency of ships’ crews and enhance sailors’ skills with maintenance work.

The contract covers support work for the Navy’s carrier engineering maintenance assist team as well as the team that handles maintenance assistance for other surface ships, when they are based on the West Coast.

HII’s employees will support maintenance and repair work for ships’ hulls, as well as mechanical and electrical systems. They’ll also support sailors working on aviation equipment and systems; command, control, communications, computer and intelligence systems; and combat support systems.

The contract extends a four-decade partnership between HII and the Navy for such maintenance support, said Garry Schwartz, president of Technical Solutions’ Defense and Federal Solutions business group.

HII’s Technical Solutions division supports national security missions around the globe with unmanned systems, defense and federal solutions, and nuclear and environmental services.

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