Austal USA has been awarded $16.5 million as a cost-plus-award fee against a previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement in support of U.S. Navy Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
The order provides engineering and management services in support of work specification development, prefabrication effort and material procurement for post shakedown availability (PSA) for the Independence Class LCS, USS Charleston (LCS 18).
Austal will provide program management, advanced planning, engineering, design, prefabrication and material kitting. The work will be conducted by Austal USA across the Mobile, Alabama and San Diego, California facilities and completed by August 2019.
“Austal’s Independence Class, Littoral Combat Ship program supports industry throughout the United States. This program supports thousands of jobs, through the contributions of our supply chain, including with over 900 local suppliers in 41 states,” Austal CEO, David Singleton said.
The Littoral Combat Ship is a 127m, frigate sized vessel. Originally designed in Austal’s Centre for excellence in maritime design in Henderson, Western Australia, these vessel are built at Austal facilities in Mobile, Alabama. The program is in a full rate of production with several ships under construction simultaneously. With the additional two vessel order there will be 17 Independence Class vessels in service with the U.S. Navy by the end of 2023.