Austal receives contract for LCS work

The USS Independence (LCS 2) on sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico in 2009 The USS Independence (LCS 2) on sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico in 2009

DECEMBER 24, 2013—The Naval Sea Systems Command recently awarded a $14,057,992 modification to previously awarded contract to shipbuilder Austal USA LLC, Mobile, AL, to exercise options for class service efforts for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.

Under the contract, Austal USA will provide engineering and design services, as well as affordability efforts to reduce LCS acquisition and lifecycle costs.  The work will be performed at its shipyard in Mobile and Pittsfield, MA, and will be completed by December 2014.

Austal currently holds contracts to build six LCSs. Photo at top shows the 417-foot-long USS Independence (LCS-2), the Navy's first trimaran built by Austal USA, during sea trials in the U.S. Gulf Of Mexico.