The US Navy has awarded a $1.47bn contract for the design and construction of the amphibious transport dock landing platform dock (LPD) 30.
LPD 30 will be the 14th in the fleet of San Antonio-class vessels and the US Navy’s first Flight II LPD.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract will be delivered by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
In August last year, the US Navy awarded an advance procurement contract to provide long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for LPD 30.
HII Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said: “Ingalls looks forward to continuing our strong legacy of providing the men and women of our naval forces with the capable and survivable warships they need and deserve.
“The LPD Flight II builds upon the significant investment that has been made in this platform to improve the capability and flexibility of our deployed Navy-Marine Corps team. LPD 30 will leverage a hot production line and further benefit from the investments we continue to make in our shipbuilders and facilities.”
LPD 30 is based on the LPD 17 class’ hull and is expected to augment the Navy and Marine Corps’ needs in future warfare.
The US Navy is looking to replace its ageing Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) dock landing ships.
LPD 30 will be able to support a range of military operations, from major combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The ship features a well deck, flight deck, and hospital facilities.
Ingalls intends to start fabrication on LPD 30 next year.
To date, Ingalls has delivered 11 San Antonio-class ships to the Navy. The shipbuilding division is currently building two more of these vessels, Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) and Richard M McCool Jr (LPD 29).
While LPD 28 is expected to be launched next year for delivery in 2021, the keel for LPD 29 will be laid later this year.
Measuring 684ft in length and 105ft in width, the San Antonio-class ships will be used to embark and land Marines, as well as equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles.
During the operations, the vessels are supported by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey.