Austal USA is awarded a $7.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the accomplishment of post shakedown availability (PSA) for the U.S. Navy Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Kansas City (LCS-22).
The contract work will be performed in San Diego, California, and encompasses all of the manpower, support services, material, non-standard equipment, associated technical data and documentation required to prepare for and accomplish the LCS-22 PSA.
Other work includes the correction of government responsible trial card deficiencies and new work identified between the custody transfer and the time of the PSA. In addition, the incorporation of approved engineering changes under the ship construction contract that were not incorporated during the construction period and are not the building yard’s responsibility will occur.
Work is expected to be complete by May 2021.
Fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding for the contract amount will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Gulf Coast, Pascagoula, Mississippi, is the contracting activity (N69316-20-F-4001).
The future USS Kansas City is the 21st littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy and the 11th the Independence variant to join the fleet.
Kansas City was built in Mobile, Alabama by Austal USA. The keel of the vessel was laid on Nov. 15, 2017, and she was christened on Sept. 22, 2018, followed by launching on Oct. 19, 2018. The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the vessel on Feb. 12 this year.
The commissioning of the vessel planned for later this year. Following commissioning, Kansas City will be homeported in San Diego.