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Navy awards $1.5 billion contract for construction of new transport dock ship

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) is anchored off the coast of Kuwait during exercise Eager Mace 11-2. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen M. Votaw/Released)

No sooner did Ingalls Shipbuilding launch one amphibious transport dock ship than it received a $1.5 billion contract to build another.

The Pascagoula shipyard announced Friday that the U.S. Navy had awarded Ingalls the massive contract for construction of as-yet-unnamed LPD 31 — the 15th in the San Antonio class and second Flight II LPD.

“In building this 15th LPD, Ingalls experienced shipbuilders will continue this hot production line of great amphibious warships for our Navy/Marine Corps team,” said Ingalls president Brian Cuccias.

“We are all proud to be building these great ships, and will continue to deliver the most survivable and affordable ships possible for our customers and our nation.”

It was just a week ago Ingalls launched the Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28). The shipyard has delivered 11 San Antonio-class warships to the Navy, with three more still under construction.

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More than 600 manufacturers and supplies across 39 states are involved as vendors in the LPD Flight II program, including 387 small businesses. More than 1,500 Ingalls shipbuilders work on each LPD’s construction.

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