Austal to build two additional Littoral Combat Ships for US Navy

Austal-built Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4)
Austal-built Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4)

The US Navy has awarded Austal construction contracts to build two additional Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships.

These ships will be the sixteenth and seventeenth ships in the class.

The specific value of each contract is under the congressional cap cost of US$584 million per ship.

The 127-metre, frigate-sized vessels were originally designed at¬†Austal’s maritime design centre in Henderson, Western Australia. The vessel design has been transferred to Austal USA and build is undertaken in the Austal purpose-built shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

Construction of LCS 32 is scheduled to begin in 2019 with delivery of LCS 34 expected to occur in mid-fiscal year 2023.


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