General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works (GDBIW), is being awarded a $6.8 million cost-plus award fee modification under a previous awarded basic ordering agreement by the U.S. Navy to provide engineering and management services for advance planning and design in support of the post shakedown availability for the Littoral Combat Ship Independence (LCS 2).
Bath Iron Works will provide design, planning and material support services for the vessel. Efforts will include program management, advance planning, engineering, design, material kitting, liaison and scheduling.
Work will be performed in Bath, Maine, (90 percent) and Pittsfield, Mass., (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 2013.
The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, Bath, Maine, is the contracting activity.
USS Independence (LCS-2) is the lead ship of the Independence-class littoral combat ship.
LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission ship designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. The 417-foot Independence is designed and built by the General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship team. Independence is outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission packages, which can be changed out quickly. These mission packages focus on three mission areas: mine counter measures, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
Naval Today Staff, February 11, 2013