Austal has received a contract modification from the US Navy to provide emergent availability planning and full ship shock trials (FSST) support for tests to be performed on its Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6).
The US Navy accepted the delivery of USS Jackson from Austal last year.
Under the $11m contract modification, Austal will plan and conduct any ‘in-between shot’ repairs that may be necessary during the course of FSST, as well as repair any damage suffered during the FSST period.
Additional work will involve coordinating the removal of FSST testing equipment and instrumentation following completion of the trials.
The shock trials are intended to demonstrate the ship’s ability to endure the effects of underwater explosions while retain its required capability.
Last month, USS Jackson successfully completed the first of three shock trials.
Austal is currently constructing six additional Independent-variant LCS at its Mobile shipyard in Alabama, under a more than $3.5bn, 11-ship contract for the US navy.
The future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), Omaha (LCS 12) and Manchester (LCS 14) are being prepared to undergo sea trials.
The assembly work on Tulsa (LCS 16) and Charleston (LCS 18) is currently underway, while modules for Cincinnati (LCS 20) are being constructed in Austal’s module manufacturing facility (MMF).
Image: USS Jackson (LCS 6) during its christening ceremony. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers/Released.