Austal Limited has been awarded a not-to-exceed $9,937,228 modification to a previously awarded Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract to provide procurement and engineering efforts in support of scope changes on fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 ships.
This modification will incorporate additional accommodations to increase crew size on the LCS Independence-variant ships. Under the contract Austal will provide supplies, services, labor and materials, which includes program management and subcontracting management. Work is expected to be completed by August 2019. Funding in the amount of $7,452,921 will be obligated at the time of award.
Austal has delivered three Independence-variant LCS to the U.S. Navy; two as subcontractor (LCS 2 and LCS 4) and one as prime contractor (LCS 6) under a separate 10 vessel, $3.5 billion contract awarded by the U.S. Navy in 2010. The program grew to 13 vessels when the U.S. Navy funded an additional ship, LCS 26, to Austal in April 2016. Austal has seven LCS under construction at its U.S. shipyard in Mobile, Ala., with Montgomery (LCS 8) scheduled for delivery later in the year.
Austal is also constructing 10 103-meter Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessels under a $1.6 billion contract from the U.S. Navy, with six already delivered. USNS Carson City (EPF 7) is preparing for trials and is scheduled to be delivered later this year, while the two remaining vessels are under construction at Austal’s U.S. shipyard. Austal is also procuring long-lead materials for EPF 11 under an additional contract from the U.S. Navy.