Ingalls gets $102 million in contracts in two days

Rendering of LX (R), U.S. Navy’s amphibious warfare ship replacement.
Rendering of LX (R), U.S. Navy’s amphibious warfare ship replacement.

Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula on Monday was awarded a $13.7 million U.S. Navy contract and followed that on Tuesday with an $88.2 million contract from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The $13.7 million modification to a previously awarded contract is for design of the U.S. Navy’s amphibious warfare ship replacement, known as LX(R).

Tuesday’s $88.2 million fixed-price advance procurement contract to purchase long-lead materials for a ninth National Security Cutter built at Ingalls in Pascagoula.

“NSC 9 will build on the performance record of her predecessors in the Legend class,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “Coast Guard leadership has stated these ships help fill a need to bolster front-line operations in the fight against crime, especially drug interdictions.”

The advance procurement money will be used to buy steel, the main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards and major castings for the ship, which will have a range of 12,000 miles and a crew of 120.

“This long-lead material contract gives our shipbuilders the ability to immediately start work on the ship in anticipation of the construction contract,” said Kari Wilkinson, Ingalls vice president of program management. “This advance procurement helps us get started on the next great ship in this program.”

Ingalls already has delivered the first five NSCs, the flagship of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet. Ingalls’ sixth NSC, Munro (WMSL 755), is scheduled for acceptance sea trials and delivery in the fourth quarter of 2016. The seventh ship, Kimball (WMSL 756), is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter, and the keel for the eighth, NSC Midgett (WMSL 757), is scheduled to be laid later this year.

On June 30, Ingalls was selected to perform the majority of the contract design work for LX(R). The Department of Defense made the announcement at the same time Ingalls was awarded a contract to build the next large-deck amphibious assault warship, LHA 8.

The LX(R) will replace the Navy’s Harpers Ferry– and Whidbey Island–class dock landing ships and will use the same hull as the San Antonio (LPD 17) class. Ingalls has delivered 10 of the LPD 17 ships to the Navy, is building the 11th, Portland (LPD 27), and has received more than $258 million in advance procurement funding for the 12th, Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28).

The work on this contract is expected to be completed by September 2017.