The US Navy has issued multiple award contracts (MAC), cumulatively valued at about $2.76bn, to maintain its littoral combat ships (LCSs) based in Mayport, Florida.

BAE Systems and Fincantieri Marine Systems North America have been awarded a combined contract with a ceiling value of $1.3 billion for LCS maintenance.

Separately, General Dynamics NASSCO ship maintenance facility, Austal USA, North Florida Shipyard, Tecnico, Colonna’s Shipyard, East Coast Repair & Fabrication, and Epsilon Systems Solution, have won a MAC worth up to $965m to support LCS sustainment execution efforts.

Neal Technical Innovations, Valkyrie Enterprises, and Life Cycle Engineering have been awarded MAC III worth up to $499.2m to perform LCS maintenance.

The US Naval Sea Systems Command is acting as the contracting activity for these MACs.

Work under the contracts will include dry docking selected restricted availabilities and selected restricted availabilities, continuous, emergent, preventative/planned and facilities maintenance, ship assessments, and corrosion control in the contiguous US.

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Each contract has an estimated period of five years, ending in 2026.

The LCS is a fast, highly manoeuvrable networked surface combat ship.

These ships are designed to meet the urgent requirement for shallow-draft vessels to operate in the littoral (coastal waters) to counter growing potential ‘asymmetric’ threats of coastal mines and quiet diesel submarines.

The US Navy’s newest Freedom-variant LCS was recently christened as the future USS Nantucket during a ceremony held at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Shipyard.