HII Awarded $3 Billion to Build Amphibious Assault Ship Bougainville
PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $3 billion contract for the detail design and construction of the amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8), the company said in June 16 release. Ingalls was awarded the original long-lead material contract for the third ship in the America class on June 30.
“Our shipbuilders do an outstanding job building large-deck amphibious warships,” Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding, said. “We look forward to incorporating 50 years of amphibious shipbuilding knowledge into the Navy’s newest assault ship and providing the Sailors and Marines a complex and highly capable product to perform their missions of freedom.”
Construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and delivery is expected in 2024. Tripoli (LHA 7), the second of the America-class amphibious assault ships, is under construction at Ingalls and was launched on May 1. The ship will be christened on Sept. 16.
Bougainville will retain the aviation capability of the America-class design while adding the surface assault capability of a well deck. The well deck will give the U.S. Marine Corps the ability to house and launch two landing craft air cushion hovercraft or one landing craft utility as needed during their maritime missions. Other additions to Bougainville include a larger flight deck configured for the F-35 Lightning II and Osprey V-22 aircraft, which can be used for surface and aviation assaults. The additional area on the flight deck comes in part from a smaller deck house and an additional sponson.