US Navy awards contracts for three littoral combat ships

US Navy file photo of a an Independence-variant LCS

The US Navy awarded contract modifications for three Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 littoral combat ships on September 18.

Lockheed Martin was awarded one FY 2018 LCS and Austal USA received two FY 2018 LCS contracts.

“These contract awards represent an important next step in delivering critical warfighting capability to the fleet,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager (PMS 501).

The three LCSs being awarded today are the future LCS-29, LCS-32 and LCS-34. LCS-29 will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. LCS-32 and LCS-34 will be built at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

The Navy has accepted delivery of 16 LCSs. Including today’s contract modifications, a total of 32 LCSs have been procured, with 10 ships under construction (LCS 15, 17, 19-26) and six additional ships under contract (LCS 27-30, 32, 34).

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