January 12, 2007
Navy issues stop work order for LCS 3
The U.S. Navy has issued a stop work order today to Lockheed Martin Corp. Maritime Systems & Sensors unit, Moorestown, N.J., for the construction of the third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). This stop work order will take effect immediately and is for a period of 90 days.
The stop work order was issued because of "significant cost increases currently being experienced with the construction of LCS-1 and LCS-3, under construction by Lockheed Martin."
"I determined that at this point in time it was critical to stop work on LCS-3 to assess the LCS program and ensure we understand the program's cost and management processes before we move forward. It is essential that we complete LCS 1 and get it to sea so we can evaluate this new ship design" said Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter.
The Navy says it "is working closely with the contractor to identify the root cause of the costs growth." It also says it "is reviewing the overall acquisition strategy for the LCS program and is working closely with the contractors to keep this program on track."
The contract for LCS-3 was awarded June 26, 2006, for $197.6 million, and the ship is being constructed at Bollinger Shipyard, Lockport, La.