Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has secured a $1.43bn contract to build the San Antonio-class ship LPD 29 for the US Navy.

The company will be responsible for carrying out the detail design and construction of the 13th amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class under the fixed-price incentive contract.

"This contract is further recognition of the confidence the navy / Marine Corps team has in the great work our shipbuilders are doing in the LPD programme."

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said: “This contract is further recognition of the confidence the navy / Marine Corps team has in the great work our shipbuilders are doing in the LPD programme.

“This efficient work is proven through our hot production line keeping the work going in the shipyard, and through our nationwide network of suppliers.

“We are excited to build this additional ship and in providing our sailors and marines with the best amphibious ships in the world.”

The San Antonio-class serves as the US Navy’s 21st century amphibious assault force.

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It comprises 684ft-long, 105ft-wide vessels that are able to carry marines, their equipment and supplies ashore using air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles.

The vessels primarily support the Marine Air Ground Task Force, which helps perform amphibious and expeditionary missions relating to sea control and power projection, in addition to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Ingalls Shipbuilding has already begun preliminary work on LPD 29, while fabrication is slated to commence later this year.

The company has constructed and delivered 11 San Antonio-class vessels to the US Navy to date.

Ingalls Shipbuilding previously secured a $218m, cost-plus-fixed-fee advance procurement contract from the US Navy in June last year, which covered the delivery of long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for LPD 29.