Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, has been awarded a $272 million fixed-price-incentive U.S. Navy contract for the planning, advanced engineering and procurement of long lead time material in support of the sea service’s next America-class amphibious assault ship, LHA-8.
The contract includes options that, if exercised would bring the cumulative contract value to $3.1 billion.
Work will be performed in Mississippi, Wisconsin, California, Pennsylvania and Georgia, among other locations.
Work is expected to be completed by June 2017.
The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.
America-class amphibious assault ships resemble a small aircraft carrier and can accommodate vertical/short take-off and landing, short take-off vertical landing, vertical take-off and landing as well as tilt-rotor and rotary wing aircraft operations.
The ships transport and land Marine Expeditionary Unit element and a combination of aircraft and landing craft.