Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi, has been awarded a $1,471,290,677 modification to a previously awarded contract for the procurement of the detail design and construction of Landing Platform Dock (LPD) 30, the first LPD 17 Flight II ship.
Back in August last year, Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) reported that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division had received a $165.5 million U.S. Navy advance procurement contract to provide long lead time material and advance construction activities for LPD 30.
At that time, Huntington Ingalls noted that the Navy’s requirement to replace the retiring LSD 41/49 class of amphibious ships will be met by developing and acquiring the second flight of the current LPD 17 class, beginning with LPD 30. The additional capabilities of LPD Flight II will support new and emerging U.S. Marine Corps and Navy requirements such as the Ship-to-Shore Connector, CH-53K helicopter and improved troop armory/weapons stowage.
The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide San Antonio class ships are used to embark and land Marines, their equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey.