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US Navy Orders Second Austal Littoral Combat Ship

Posted on May 4, 2009

The US Navy has announced a fixed price incentive contract for the construction of a second Austal-designed and built Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) that will be named Coronado (LCS 4). Awarded to Prime contractor Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics company, the second Austal-built LCS will be similar to the 127 m Independence (LCS 2), which is currently at an advanced stage of construction at Austal’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.

The award represents the second half of the two-vessel US$1.02 billion budget appropriation for the LCS program for US Fiscal Year 2009, ending September 2009. Approximately 50% of the total award amount is for work to be performed at Austal USA.

The General Dynamics LCS Team platform utilizes Austal’s proven, high-speed trimaran hull-form to provide enhanced seakeeping, low resistance, superior aviation facilities, and large payload volume capacity. The next-generation warships will carry out a range of operations including mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and the prosecution of surface attack craft in the near-shore (littoral) environment.

Construction of Austal’s second LCS will commence immediately at its shipyard in Mobile, where work is also well underway on the first phase of a new state-of-the-art Modular Manufacturing Facility (MMF). The facility will allow quicker and more cost-effective construction of the ship components, or modules, which will then be transported to the existing Assembly Bays along the waterfront for erection and launch. Once completed, the 70 000 square meter MMF (over 17 acres under roof), will allow the delivery of multiple JHSV or LCS platforms per year.

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