The U.S. Navy has contracted Austal USA to build Littoral Combat Ship 26 (LCS 26). The additional LCS is part of a contract modification that increases Austal USA’s block-buy contract with the Navy to 11 ships.
“The Austal LCS team has demonstrated exceptional work in providing an affordable sea frame that is not only capable of meeting the Navy’s needs of today but extremely capable of meeting future requirements,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle.
When LCS 26 is built, it will be the 13th Independence-variant LCS built by Austal USA. At this time, Austal has ten ships in different stages of production, seven LCS and three Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessels. Three LCS have already been delivered to the Navy and USS Montgomery (LCS 8) will be delivered later this year.
Perciavalle added, “the success of our programs is a direct result of the dedication of Austal’s talented employees, the great teamwork with our suppliers and the full support of our local, state, and federal legislators.”
The new contract comes on the heels of a decision by the U.S. Navy about two weeks ago to give Austal $14 million for special studies and analysis of the LCS. At the beginning of March, Austal was awarded an additional $14.5 million toward LCS design changes.