In June 2022, Ingalls Shipbuilding was awarded a US$240 million advance procurement contract for LPD 32 by the Navy to provide long lead material and expedite construction activities. Funds from this contract allowed Ingalls to begin purchasing long-lead material and essential equipment through a supplier network of nearly 400 companies in 30 states.
Ingalls Shipbuilding is the sole builder of the entire San Antonio class of ships and currently has three LPDs under construction including Richard M. McCool (LPD 29); Harrisburg (LPD 30), the first Flight II LPD; and Pittsburgh (LPD 31), which began manufacturing in September 2022. LPD Flight II is the next generation amphibious ship that will replace the Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) class dock landing ships.
Amphibious transport docks are an important part of the 21st Century Navy Expeditionary Force, deployed with a US Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force for amphibious and expeditionary crisis response operations ranging from deterrence and joint deployment to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
“Our shipbuilders have been committed to delivering these ships to our Navy and Marine Corps partners for more than two decades,” said Kari Wilkinson, President of Ingalls Shipbuilding. “This program is strong and has enabled the Department of Navy and Ingalls to build an impressive capability based on a mature design, an increasingly efficient production line and a team of shipbuilders who keep the Navy’s vital industrial base network strong across the country .”
Source: News Network
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