Corporation announced that the U.S. Navy has awarded
the company an $816.6 million contract for construction of New York
(LPD 21), the fifth ship in the 12 ship LPD 17 series of San
Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships. New York will be built
at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Avondale Operations in New Orleans,
with fabrication support from three other company facilities in
Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss., and Tallulah, La.
The ship will be equipped to conduct amphibious warfare
missions by embarking, transporting and landing elements of a landing
force during an assault by helicopters, landing craft and amphibious
"Northrop Grumman Ship Systems has four other San Antonio-class
ships under construction at our Gulf Coast facilities, and the class of
'fighting Gators' will constitute a significant element of the sea base
and the future of expeditionary warfare," said Dr. Philip A. Dur,
corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.
"We are honored to build New York."
The ship was assigned the name New York to pay tribute to the
victims and heroes of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in
New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. During a ceremony last year at the
USS Intrepid Museum in New York City, then-Secretary of the Navy Gordon
England announced the name of the ship.
In September 2003, more than 24 tons of World Trade Center
steel was melted at a Louisiana foundry to cast the bow-stem of New
York. The citizens of New York provided the steel last year for use in
the ship's construction.
"New York will represent the strength, bravery and perseverance
of our nation's citizens, as well as our company's objective of
ensuring the security and freedom of our nation and its allies," said
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships are 684
feet (208.4 meters) long and 105 feet (31.9 meters) wide and will
replace four classes of older amphibious ships.
Displacing nearly 25,000 tons, these ships will be the second
largest in the Navy's 21st Century Amphibious Ready Groups. New York
will have a crew of 361 and can carry 699 Marines with a surge capacity
of up to 800 Marines.
Construction of New York is set to begin in early 2004, with
delivery planned by the end of 2007.
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems includes
primary operations in
Pascagoula, Gulfport, New Orleans and Tallulah, as well as a network of
fleet support offices in the U.S. and Japan. Ship Systems, which
currently employs more than 19,000 shipbuilding professionals, is one
of the nation's leading full-service systems companies for the design,
engineering, construction and life-cycle support of major surface ships
for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and international navies, and for
commercial vessels of all types.