Navy Selects Builder of New Landing Craft
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has selected a Louisiana shipbuilder to design and construct its new utility landing craft.
Swiftships LLC of Morgan City has been awarded an $18 million fixed-price incentive contract for the detail design and construction of the Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 1700, according to the Defense Department contract announcement.
The new class of LCU is designed to replace the Navy’s current fleet of LCUs that has been is service for five decades. The LCU is carried on deployment by amphibious warfare ships and is used to transport cargo and vehicles ashore.
The Naval Sea Systems Command contract calls for Swiftships to deliver the first LCU 1700 31 months after the award. The contract includes options for product support, technical manuals, a technical data package, interim support, engineering and industrial services, training, shipping and up to 10,000 hours of special studies services, the announcement said.
The contract contains options for up to 31 more LCUs. Under the most likely scenario, exercise of the options would bring the contract value to $429.4 million.
The Navy’s current procurement plan calls for the purchase of 18 LCUs during the fiscal years 2018 through 2023.