The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded five contracts worth approximately $22m to Austal to provide continuous support services to the US Navy.

Of the total amount, $13.3m is a cost-plus-award-fee order, which will cover delivery of all supplies, services, labour and material in support of the pre-shock trials emergent availability for Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6).

Under this contract, Austal will be responsible for programme management, test plan and integrated master schedule development, as well as work package execution and testing.

Scheduled to be completed by June next year, work under this contract will be performed in Mayport, Florida, US.

In addition, the company received a further four cost-plus-award-fee orders worth $9.3m to support on-going operations for LCS 6.

Under the four contracts, the company will be responsible for providing engineering and management services for advance planning and design support of the post-shakedown availability (PSA) and shock trials.

"Austal will be responsible for programme management, test plans, and integrated master schedule development."

It includes PSA test and trials support, combat ship qualifications (CSSQ) and final contract trials (FCT) support, emergent repair / sail around, and full ship shock trial (FSST) preparation repair.

Austal commitments to the vessel include post-delivery support and service, programme management, advance planning, engineering, design, test and activation, as well as production, material kitting, liaison and scheduling.

The LCS-class consists of the Freedom and Independence variants, which are developed by two industry teams led by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics (GD), respectively. Austal USA, along with Bath Iron Works, is part of the team led by GD.

Austal delivered USS Independence (LCS 2) in 2009 and USS Coronado (LCS 4) in 2013, while seven additional LCS are under construction at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

Image: The latest five contracts will allow Austal to support US Navy’s USS Jackson LCS. Photo: courtesy of Austal.