President & Chief Executive Officer at Huntington Ingalls Industries
Thanks, Christie. Good morning, everyone and thank you for joining us on today's call. Earlier this morning, we reported solid performance across each of our operating divisions with our focus on execution and growth, positioning us to reaffirm our previous revenue margin and free cash flow guidance. Our shipbuilding and Mission Technologies teams continue to execute well despite facing some headwinds in the areas of human capital and supply chain disruption.
Like the economy broadly, we are facing challenges created by the lingering effects of COVID and its impact on the labor market, making it challenging to hire and retain employees. Moreover, our suppliers are being impacted by the same shortage of labor as well as inflation issues which creates risk of delays in delivery of key materials for our shipbuilding programs. We are aggressively working these challenges with our suppliers and our customers. In light of both of these challenges, I'm extremely proud of the resilience and the dedication of each of our 44,000 employees to continue to focus on a mission of delivering on their customer commitments.
Now shifting to our results. Sales of $2.6 billion for the quarter were 13% higher than 2021 and diluted EPS of $3.50 for the quarter was down from $3.68 in 2021. New contract awards during the quarter were approximately $2 billion, driven by the award for DDG 139. This results in backlog of $47.9 billion at the end of the quarter, of which $24.8 billion is currently funded.
At Ingalls, LPD 28 Fort Lauderdale completed sea trials and was delivered to the Navy; LPD 29 Richard M. McCool Jr. was launched; and we laid keel for LPD 30 Harrisburg. On the LHA program, LHA 8 Bougainville is progressing well and long-lead material procurement has begun for LHA 9.
On the DDG program, DDG 123, Helena [Phonetic] achieved main engine light-off; and DDG 125 Jack H. Lucas was Christened this quarter. And finally, on the NSC program, steel production continues on NSC 10 Calhoun launched in April.
At Newport News, SSN 794 Montana completed sea trials and was delivered to the Navy; and SSN 796 New Jersey floated off in April. Also, as discussed in our fourth quarter call, SSN 725 USS Helena was redelivered in January which demonstrated the successful reconstitution of our submarine maintenance capability in support of the Navy.
On the carrier front, Newport News and the Navy celebrated the Centennial of U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers and CVN 78 USS Gerald R. Ford was redelivered to the Navy in the first quarter after completion of its inaugural maintenance and modernization period. Progress continued on CVN 79 Kennedy which is 83% complete. And CVN 80 enterprise has begun erecting steel in the dry dock. On the RCOH program, CVN 73 USS George Washington is progressing in the testing phase and is 95% complete. And CVN 74, USS John C. Stennis is approximately 25% complete.
A few weeks ago, we renamed our Technical Solutions division Mission Technologies to better reflect our portfolio of capabilities and our commitment to delivering advanced technologies and multi-domain expertise to our support of our national security customers. Contract awards at Mission Technologies have had a slow start to the year but this was largely due to the continuing resolution and the resulting lack of adjudication of awards. Looking ahead, we are very excited about our pipeline of new business at Mission Technologies and are confident it will support our growth objectives.
We currently have almost $6 billion of proposals in evaluation with $3 billion in proposal development and a total qualified pipeline of more than $25 billion. We had a significant win and unmanned with the selection of our REMUS 300 vehicle at the U.S. Navy's next-generation small UUV program of record. We also recently released Odyssey, a suite of advanced autonomy solutions that offer scalable autonomy across a variety of platforms and is aligned with the industry open architecture standard.
Regarding our shipbuilding workforce, I'm glad to report that we finalized the collective bargaining agreement at both shipyards. Our annual apprentice school graduation at Newport News shipbuilding saw 170 graduates and over 200 individuals will complete their apprenticeship program in May at Ingalls Shipbuilding. And we continue to work with local high schools and community colleges on our core hiring and development needs.
Through the end of the quarter, we had hired over 1,000 craft personnel towards our plan of over 5,000 for the year. We remain focused on hiring and retaining a strong workforce as we continue to face the headwinds of a tight labor market.
Turning to activities in Washington. Congress finalized appropriations for fiscal year 2022 in March. We saw continued bipartisan support for our programs reflected in the final Defense Appropriations Act, including funding for 2 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and 2 Virginia-class attack submarines. Additionally, the appropriations measure provided $250 million for advanced procurement funding for LPD 32, advanced procurement for DDGs as well as funding for our other programs.
Also in March, the President submitted his fiscal year 2023 budget request now under consideration by Congress. The proposed budget reflects continued investment in our shipbuilding programs, funding 2 amphibious ships, LPD 32 and LHA 9; 2 DDG 51 surface combatants; and 2 Block 5 Virginia-class submarines. The budget request continues funding for class nuclear aircraft carriers and aircraft carrier refueling programs and construction of Columbia-class submarines as well as investment in the submarine industrial base.
Beyond shipbuilding, the fiscal year 2023 request reflects an emphasis on research and development with increased investments in capability enablers such as AI, cyber, electronic warfare, C5 ISR and autonomous systems that align well with our advanced technology capabilities of our Mission Technologies division.
In conclusion, we remain well positioned to execute on our shipbuilding backlog and leverage it to generate significant free cash flow while continuing to capture anticipated work and growth within our Mission Technologies division.
So with that, I'll turn the call over to Tom for some remarks on our financial results.