Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has secured a contract modification for planning yard services in support of in-service Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) class ships.

Under the $107.9m contract, Ingalls Shipbuilding will exercise the first option year of the existing LCS Planning Yard contract.

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said: “Our outstanding and experienced Shipyard Planning Yard team is poised to continue the excellent and efficient execution of this important work for our navy customer.”

The scope of the contract will include provision of the LCS programme with post-delivery life-cycle support.

This encompasses fleet modernisation programme planning, design engineering and modelling, logistics support, and long-lead-time material support.

Other services include preventative and planned maintenance system item development and scheduling.

Separately, Ingalls Shipbuilding delivered the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Delbert D Black (DDG 119) to the US Navy. It is scheduled to sail away from the shipyard in August.

Cuccias added: “Our workforce plays a critical role in protecting those who serve our nation. We continue to fulfil our mission as shipbuilders by building highly capable warships that meet and exceed the needs of our military partners.”

The shipyard currently has four more DDGs under construction. They are Frank E Petersen Jr (DDG 121), Lenah H Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Jack H Lucas (DDG 125), and Ted Stevens (DDG 128).

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a diverse range of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection.

DDG 119 is the first ship named in honour of navy veteran Delbert D Black. The navy personnel served aboard USS Maryland during the attack on Pearl Harbor.