Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has built 11 San Antonio-class ships, has another under construction and on Friday was awarded a $1.43 billion contract to build LPD 29, the 13th of the amphibious transport docks.
The $1.43 billion, fixed-price incentive contract is for the detail design and construction of LPD 29.
Preliminary work has begun on LPD 29 and fabrication will begin later this year, the company said in a press release.
“This contract is further recognition of the confidence the Navy/Marine Corps team has in the great work our shipbuilders are doing in the LPD program,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “This efficient work is proven through our hot production line keeping the work going in the shipyard and through our nationwide network of suppliers.”
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Portland (LPD 27), the 11th ship, will be commissioned on April 21 in Portland, Oregon. The 12th, Fort Lauderdale, is under construction and is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020.
These ships are more than twice the length of a football feel at 684 feet long and are 105 feet wide. They are used primarily to land Marines, their equipment and supplies with air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles. They can accommodate helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey.
Ingalls Shipbuilding is the largest employer in South Mississippi, and parent company Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company, employing 38,000 people.