General Dynamics (GD) NASSCO has secured a $24.1m contract from the US Navy for the sustainment execution of littoral combat ships (LCS), when they are home-ported in or visiting San Diego.
Under the contract, NASSCO will plan, furnish material, and provide support and facilities to maintain and modernise twelve LCS ships.
This contract also includes options and it has a total potential value of $96m if all options are exercised.
GD NASSCO repair vice-president and general manager David Carver said: "General Dynamics NASSCO has proven repair experience with a track record of delivering high-quality maintenance and modernisation services to the US Navy.
"We look forward to working with the navy to support the sustainment of the Littoral Combat Ship programme."
The contract covers both the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class and General Dynamics Independence-class LCSs.
The LCS is a fast, highly manoeuvrable, networked surface combat ship, which is a specialised variant of the family of US future surface combat ships known as DD(X).
These vessels are designed to satisfy the urgent requirement for shallow draft vessels to operate in littorals to counter growing potential ‘asymmetric’ threats of coastal mines, quiet diesel submarines and the potential to carry explosives and terrorists on small, fast, armed boats.
For this assignment, NASSCO will collaborate with GD Mission Systems and GD Information Technology.
In December 2014, NASSCO received a $498m contract from the US Navy for the construction of its fourth mobile landing platform, afloat forward staging base.
Work under this contract is expected to be completed by March 2018.
Image: The US Navy’s littoral combat ship, USS Freedom. Photo: courtesy of cass communication specialist first-class, James R. Evans.