Long-Lead Materials Bill for 2 San Antonio Class Ships Rises to $536.6M

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LPD-17 cutaway(click for full size) Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (Avondale Operations), New Orleans, La., is being awarded a $50.7 million modification to previously awarded contract N00024-01-C-2224, for additional long lead-time materials in support of two Amphibious Transport Dock Ships, LPD 22 (USS San Diego) and LPD 23 (USS Anchorage). This brings the total value of long lead time contracts awarded to date for these two ships to $536.6 million. Both ships are LPD-17 San Antonio Class amphibious assault support vessels, a new class of ship which is just entering service. The ships’ mission is to embark, transport, land, and support elements of a US Marine Corps Landing Force. This class of ship has had its share of teething problems, however, and so has the New Orleans shipyard to which most of this contract has been assigned. USS San Antonio(click to view full) Under this contract, Northrop Grumman will procure long lead material necessary to prepare for construction of LPD 22 and LPD 23. The effort will include not only procurement but also inspection, testing, storing and maintaining long-lead material, material sourcing, material ordering, vendor interface and material quality assurance. Limited advance construction activities for LPD 22 are also included. LPD […]

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