Huntington Ingalls Industries awarded US$145 million advance procurement contract for future amphibious assault ship

The America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli during builder's trials in the Gulf of Mexico in 2019 (Photo: US Navy)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a third contract modification from the US Navy for US$145 million to provide long-lead-time material and advance procurement activities for the fourth America-class amphibious assault ship (LHA).

This modification brings the total advance funding for the future LHA 9 to US$350 million.

Like its America-class sisters, the future LHA 9 will have a length of 257 metres, a displacement of approximately 45,000 tonnes, a well deck for smaller landing craft and amphibious vehicles, and flight deck and hangar space for helicopters and short-takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) tactical jet aircraft.

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