June 1, 2007
NGSS gets $2.4 billion LHA 6 contract
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $2,400,000,000 fixed-price incentive modification to a previously awarded Navy contract (N00024-05-C-2221) for the detail design and construction of the LHA 6 Amphibious Assault Ship.
The LHA 6 will replace one of the aging LHA 1 class of amphibious assault ships. Like its predecessors, it will be able to operate as the flagship for an expeditionary strike group. Ships of this type may also play a key role in the Maritime Pre-Positioning Force (Future). Northrop Grumman has built five LHAs as well as seven USS Wasp (LHD 1) class ships. The Pascagoula shipyard is currently building an eighth LHD, Makin Island.
LHA 6 design modifications optimize aviation operations and support activities.
It will launch tilt-rotors, helicopters, and fixed wing, short take-off vertical landing aircraft in support of amphibious operations.
Removal of the well deck provides for an extended hangar deck with two wider high bay areas, each fitted with an overhead crane for aircraft maintenance. Other enhancements include a reconfigurable command and control complex, a hospital facility, additional aviation fuel capacity, and numerous aviation support spaces.
These changes equip the ship to be an integral part of joint, interagency and multinational maritime forces. It will be configured to support landing force elements as well as various naval amphibious command and control and support organizations.
The LHA 6 will be a variant of the LHD 8 Amphibious Assault Ship currently under construction by NGSS and will have enhanced aviation capabilities.Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss. (95 percent) and New Orleans, La. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by August 2012.Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.