Navy Awards Three Littoral Combat Ship Contracts
WASHINGTON — The Navy awarded modifications to previously awarded littoral combat ship (LCS) contracts for one fiscal year 2018 LCS to Lockheed Martin and two fiscal 2018 LCSs to Austal USA on Sept. 18, according to a release from Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC).
“These contract awards represent an important next step in delivering critical warfighting capability to the fleet,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager (PMS 501).
The three LCSs being awarded are the future LCS 29, LCS 32 and LCS 34. LCS 29 will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. LCS 32 and LCS 34 will be built at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.
The Navy has accepted delivery of 16 LCSs. Including the current contract modifications, a total of 32 LCSs have been procured, with 10 ships under construction (LCS 15, 17, 19-26) and six additional ships under contract (LCS 27-30, 32, 34).
PEO USC is affiliated with the Naval Sea Systems Command and provides a single program executive responsible for acquiring and sustaining mission capabilities of the LCS class, from procurement through fleet employment and sustainment. The combined capability of the LCSs and LCS mission systems is designed to dominate the littoral battle space and provide U.S. forces with assured access to coastal areas.