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Posted: March 27, 2019 12:00 PM

Huntington Ingalls Awarded $1.47 Billion for Construction of Navy’s First Flight II LPD

SommersetPhotoHuntington Ingalls Awarded $1.47 Billion for Construction of Navy’s First Flight II LPD

PASCAGOULA, Miss. — The shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries has received a $1.47 billion, fixed-price contract from the U.S. Navy for the detail design and construction of the 14th amphibious transport dock (LPD-30) in the San Antonio class and the first Flight II LPD, the company said in a release.

“The LPD Flight II builds upon the significant investment that has been made in this platform to improve the capability and flexibility of our deployed Navy-Marine Corps team,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “LPD-30 will leverage a hot production line and further benefit from the investments we continue to make in our shipbuilders and facilities. We are honored to be a part of the team that will provide this next-generation platform today.”

LPD-30 is the evolution of the dock landing platform. Utilizing the proven hull of the San Antonio class, this LPD derivative is highly adaptable and, like the first 13 ships in the class, will be used to accomplish a full range of military operations — from major combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The ship is versatile — from its well deck, flight deck and hospital facilities to its self-defense and survivability features.

Ingalls has delivered 11 San Antonio-class ships to the Navy and has two more under construction. Fort Lauderdale (LPD-28) will launch in 2020 and deliver in 2021; the keel for Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD-29) will be laid later this year; and start of fabrication on LPD-30 is scheduled for 2020.

The San Antonio class is a major part of the Navy’s 21st century amphibious assault force. The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide ships are used to embark and land Marines, their equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey. The ships support a Marine Air Ground Task Force across the spectrum of operations, conducting amphibious and expeditionary missions of sea control and power projection to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.


 

 

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