HII gets $145 million advance procurement contract for US Navy’s new amphibious assault ship

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a third contract modification from the US Navy for $145 million to provide long-lead-time material and advance procurement activities for amphibious assault ship LHA 9.

As informed, this modification brings the total advance funding for LHA 9 to $350 million.

“This advance procurement contract will help protect the health of our supplier base and strengthen our efforts to efficiently modernize the nation’s amphibious fleet as we continue to build amphibious ships for the navy,” Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding President, commented.

Ingalls is the sole builder of large-deck amphibious ships for the US Navy.

The shipyard delivered its first amphibious assault ship, the Iwo Jima-class USS Tripoli (LPH 10), in 1966. Ingalls has since built five Tarawa-class (LHA 1) ships, eight Wasp-class (LHD 1) ships and the first in a new class of amphibious assault ships, America (LHA 6), in 2014.

The second ship in that class, Tripoli (LHA 7), was delivered to the navy earlier this year. 

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Photo: Tripoli (LHA 7) during builder’s sea trials. Photo: Derek Fountain/Huntington Ingalls Industries