Austal Awarded Contract to Build LCS 30
MOBILE, Ala. — Austal USA has been awarded a construction contract by the U.S. Navy to build an additional Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), its 15th ship in the class, the company announced in an Oct. 8 release. The specific value of the contract is under the congressional cost cap of $584 million per ship.
“We’re honored to be awarded this contract in such a highly competitive environment,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “This further supports the Navy’s recognition of Austal as a key component in building their 355-ship fleet, which is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our talented employees and dedicated supplier network.
“This amazing team effort highlights the value and importance of the American industrial base,” he said. Construction of LCS 30 is scheduled to begin in 2019.
Austal delivered the future USS Omaha (LCS 12) to the Navy last month and is scheduled to deliver the Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS City of Bismarck (EPF 9) before the end of the year. With six LCS and eight EPFs already delivered, Austal-built ships are impacting worldwide operations.
“Whether we’re supporting our delivered ships in San Diego or Singapore, the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, we continue hearing positive feedback from the fleet commanders on the value and effectiveness of our LCS and EPF,” Perciavalle said. “We remain dedicated to building these ships safely, timely and with the quality and craftsmanship our customers have come to know and expect from Austal.”
EPFs are providing valuable humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to both Florida and Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria.