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USN Authorises Advance Procurement Items for LHA-9

HII Awarded $114 Million Contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a $113.6 million (€100.7 million) contract modification by the US Navy to enable long-lead-time material and advance procurement activities for amphibious assault ship LHA 9, the company announced on 19 November. This modification brings the total advance funding for LHA 9 to $651 million.

We appreciate the partnership we have with the Navy and their continued commitment to this important ship,Ingalls Shipbuilding President, Kari Wilkinson, commented. “Not only will it provide capability to our Navy fleet, but it also sustains hundreds of jobs across the country within our vast network of suppliers in support of construction.”

LHAs are the centrepiece of the Navy amphibious ready groups and Marine Corps air ground task forces. In addition to being lethal, mobile and agile maintenance and logistics facilities, LHAs are top-of-the-line medical facilities with full operating suites and triage capabilities.

Ingalls is the sole builder of large-deck amphibious ships for the Navy, delivering the USS TRIPOLI (IWO JIMA-class) in 1966 and following since then with five TARAWA-class, eight WASP-class and two AMERICA-class vessels. The third vessel in the class is under construction and LHA-9 will be the fourth.


USS AMERICA, the first in the eponymous class of LHA, was delivered to the USN in 2014. (Photo: HII)

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