US Navy awards HII $50M for LPD-class support services

The U.S. Navy has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries a $51 million contract modification for the first year of life-cycle engineering and support services on the U.S. Navy’s San Antonio (LPD 17) class of amphibious transport docks.

Services provided in the contract include post-delivery planning and engineering, systems integration and engineering support, research engineering, material support, fleet modernization program planning, supply chain management, maintenance, and training for certain San Antonio-class shipboard systems.

“Ingalls has a strong tradition in post-delivery efforts, and we are pleased to receive additional work on this program,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Ingalls has delivered 10 ships in this class, and our shipbuilders have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide these important technical upgrades.”

The San Antonio class is a key component to the Navy’s 21st century amphibious assault force. The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide ships are used to embark and land Marines, their equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey.

The ships support a marine air ground task force across the spectrum of operations, conducting amphibious and expeditionary missions of sea control and power projection to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.