Swiftships LLC is awarded a $50 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy for the construction of four LCU 1700 landing craft.
The modification calls for the construction of LCU (Landing Craft Utility) transportation boats from 1703 through 1706. A contract for the lead unit in the class, 1700, was awarded in 2018 while the second and third units, 1701 and 1702, were contracted last year.
The contract work will be performed in Morgan City, Louisiana and is expected to be complete by October 2022.
Fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion, (Navy) funding for the modification amount will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Department of the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) at Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-18-C-2401).
The LCU 1700 will replace the U.S. Navy’s existing LCU 1610 class of amphibious landing craft on a one for one basis. The new vessel will be a similarly rugged steel craft which will recapitalize the LCU 1610 capabilities and has a design life of 30 years. The craft will be a highly reliable and fuel-efficient, heavy-lift platform with complementary capabilities to the faster air cushion landing craft (LCAC) which have a significantly shorter range, smaller payload capacity, no habitability and operating hour limitations.
Swiftships was awarded the contract for the detailed design and construction of LCU 1700 craft in 2018.
Swiftships’ LCU 1700 craft has a Roll On/Roll Off configuration with hydraulically controlled bow and stern ramps that allow multiple vessels to mate up to establish a causeway/bridge to access extremely shallow unimproved landing areas.
The craft will enter, exit and be transported in well decks of current and programmed U.S. Navy amphibious warfare ships, for design purposes defined by the dimensions of LHD, LPD, LSD and LHA classes without ship alterations, while transporting loads up to 11 feet high above the craft’s vehicle deck.
General Characteristics of the future LCU 1700 Class:
+ Propulsion: 2 – Diesel propulsion with Kort nozzles, 500 hp sustained; twin shaft
+ Length: approximately 139 feet (42.4 meters)
+ Beam: approximately 31 feet (9.4 meters)
+ Displacement: approximately 428 long tons (434.9 metric tons) full load
+ Speed: 11 knots (12.7 mph, 20.3 kph)
+ Range: 1200 nautical miles at 8 knots
+ Crew: 13
+ Load: Military Lift: M1A1 tanks (2), or 350 combat troops, or 400 persons, or 170 short tons of cargo (151.8 long tons or 154.2 metric tons)
+ Armament: mounts for four crew-served weapons
+ Electronics: commercial navigation radar; military communications suite; Amphibious Assault Direction System