Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has secured an advance procurement contract for the US Navy’s 16th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock LPD 32.

Under the $240m cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, HII will provide long-lead-time material and perform advance construction activities for LPD (landing platform dock) 32.

HII Ingalls Shipbuilding president Kari Wilkinson said: “Our shipbuilders are proud to continue building these amphibious ships that are integral to the navy fleet.

“The funds from this contract will be used to purchase long-lead-time material and major equipment across a supplier network of nearly 400 companies in 30 states.”

The LPD 32 will be the third amphibious ship of the San Antonio class to have a Flight II configuration.

The next-generation amphibious Flight II LPDs will replace the US Navy’s Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and Whidbey Island (LSD 41) classes of dock landing vessels.

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The company has already delivered 12 San Antonio-class platforms to the US Navy, with two more, LPD 29 and 30, under construction.

In January this year, HII laid the keel for the first Flight II San Antonio-class ship USS Harrisburg (LPD 30) while the keel for Richard M McCool Jr (LPD 29) was laid in 2019.

Furthermore, HII is expected to start the fabrication of the 15th San Antonio-class ship, Pittsburgh (LPD 31), later this year.

The US Navy’s transport dock ships are used for embarking, transporting and landing personnel with their equipment and supplies.

LPDs can carry out a range of missions, including expeditionary warfare, special operations, and amphibious assault, and can also serve as a secondary aviation platform for performing amphibious operations.