The US Navy has awarded a million cost-plus-fixed-fee advance procurement modification contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division to provide long-lead materials for the 11th San Antonio-class (LPD 17) amphibious transport dock, LPD 27.

The advance procurement contract for LPD 27 is the fourth to be awarded to the company, with the first contract awarded in October 2010.

Under the latest $70m contract, Ingalls will provide long-lead-time materials including main engines and diesel generators and other equipment such as electrical switchboards, deck equipment and fire extinguishing systems in support of the new ship.

Ingalls Shipbuilding LPD programme vice president and programme manager Doug Lounsberry said that the award continues the company’s momentum in establishing necessary prep work for the construction of LPD 27.

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"The award allows our supply chain management to purchase essential equipment so our shipbuilders will be ready to effectively meet our schedule commitments with our Navy customer," Lounsberry added.

The 684ft-long, 105ft-wide San Diego-class has a displacement capacity of 24,900t, can accommodate 800 troops and is designed to provide combat support for the US Navy and US Marine Corps.

The San Antonio-class LPDs have been designed to provide the navy with sea-based platforms that are networked, survivable and built to operate with modern platforms, such as the MV-22 Osprey and the expeditionary fighting vehicle (EFV).

Combat capabilities incorporated onboard the ship include an advanced command-and-control suite, increased in-vehicle lift capability, cargo-carrying capacity and advanced ship-survivability features.

LPD 27 will be used to transport and deploy combat and support elements of marine expeditionary units and brigades for amphibious assault, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions.

The ship can also transport and deploy conventional landing craft and expeditionary fighting vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

Work under the contract will be carried out at the company’s Pascagoula facility.

HII has built and delivered the first six ships in the LPD 17-class to date while an additional four ships are currently under construction.