Austal awarded further US Littoral Combat Ship contract

Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship, USS Charleston. Source: Flickr

Austal has been awarded a $16.5 million contract by the United States Department of Defence for a cost-plus-award fee against a previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement for work on the Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship, USS Charleston.

Austal will provide program management, advanced planning, engineering, design, prefabrication and material kitting. The work will be conducted by Austal USA across the Mobile, Alabama and San Diego, California facilities and completed by August 2019.

The order provides engineering and management services in support of work specification development, prefabrication effort and material procurement for post shakedown availability for the vessel.

Austal will provide program management, advanced planning, engineering, design, prefabrication and material kitting. The work will be conducted by Austal USA across the Mobile, Alabama and San Diego, California facilities and completed by August 2019.

“Austal’s Independence Class, Littoral Combat Ship program supports industry throughout the United States, Austal CEO, David Singleton, said.

“This program supports thousands of jobs, through the contributions of our supply chain, including with over 900 local suppliers in 41 states,”

The Littoral Combat Ship is a 127m, frigate sized vessel. Originally designed in Austal’s Centre for excellence in maritime design in Henderson, Western Australia, the vessels are built at Austal facilities in Mobile, Alabama.

Eight LCS vessels have been delivered by Austal to date. With an additional two vessel order in September, there will be 17 Independence Class vessels in service with the U.S. Navy by the end of 2023.