Global maritime engineering and design provider Gibbs & Cox has secured a new contract to provide engineering support services for US Navy vessels.

Awarded by PMS 317, the contract will include the Navy’s San Antonio-class Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD 17) and the Amphibious Ship Replacement (LX[R])-class vessels.

Under the terms of the contract, Gibbs & Cox will deliver programme management for engineering support services, class engineering and technical support to both LDP 17 and LX(R) class vessels.

Gibbs & Cox president and chief executive Chris Deegan said: “We are thrilled with this opportunity to provide technical services to PMS 317.

“Gibbs & Cox has supported the US Navy for over 84 years, and we are honoured to have been selected to join the PMS 317 organisation.”

“Gibbs & Cox has supported the US Navy for over 84 years, and we are honoured to have been selected to join the PMS 317 organisation.”

The company will also be responsible for managing the PMS 317 Engineering Services Design Site.

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Since 1929, Gibbs & Cox has designed more than 8,000 vessels and supports military and commercial clients with all phases of marine design, in addition to construction and lifecycle management.

The US Navy’s LX(R)-class of ships has been designed to replace the LSD 41 / 49 classes of vessels and will be a derivative of the LPD 17 class.

The LPD 17-class has been designed as a functional replacement for more than 41 vessels from the LPD 4 Austin class, LSD 36 Anchorage class, LKA 113 Charleston class and LST 1179 Newport class amphibious ships.

Amphibious Transport Dock ships are deployed by the US Navy to transport and land Marines, equipment and supplies by embarked Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft (MV 22).