Navy Awards Austal USA Contract to Build Another LCS
MOBILE, Ala. — The U.S. Navy awarded Austal USA a construction contract June 23 to build an additional littoral combat ship (LCS), the company said in June 26 release. The specific value of the contract is under the congressional cost cap of $584 million per ship.
“We’re very proud to be awarded this contract in such a highly competitive environment,” said Craig Perciavalle, Austal USA president. “This demonstrates the Navy’s confidence in Austal being a key component in building their 355-ship fleet, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our incredible employees.”
Austal continues to reduce cost and deliver on schedule having delivered two LCS ships in 2016 and set to deliver two more this year, all under the congressional cost cap. Austal USA will construct the additional LCS, LCS 28, at its ship manufacturing facility in Mobile. which brings the total number of Independence-variant LCS to 14 ships. Construction of LCS 28 is scheduled to begin in 2018.
Austal’s LCS supplier network supports more than 17,000 jobs with over 900 businesses across 42 states.
“It’s truly a team effort that highlights the value and importance of the American industrial base,” Perciavalle said.