Austal to build combat ship for U.S. Navy
The 127 metre Frigate LCS28 will be the 14th LCS constructed at Austal’s U.S. shipyard in Mobile, Alabama and represents a continuing vote of confidence in Australia’s design and ship building capability for large naval vessels.
The U.S Navy is expected to order up to two more LCS vessels in the current US financial year.
Austal’s orders to date for the Independence-class LCS have totalled approximately A$8 billion which equates to approximately 75 per cent of the likely value of the entire Australian Government frigate construction program.
While the vessel will be constructed at Austal’s shipyard in Alabama, certain subsystems will be made at Austal’s Henderson facility in Western Australia, as part of a continuation of its successful subcontract collaboration with the United States.
The company’s LCS delivery schedule remains on track and under the US Governments congressional cost cap, having delivered two ships in 2016 and set to deliver two more in 2017.
The fifth Austal-built LCS entered the fleet last weekend with the commissioning of the USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) while an additional seven LCS vessels are under various phases of construction. ■