Ingalls Awarded Navy Contract Worth $378.7 Million To Build Third LHD Ship

The Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries, Pascagoula, Miss., was recently awarded a $378.7-million contract by the U.S.

Navy to construct the third ship of the Wasp Class of amphibious assault ships, LHD-3, and to commence preliminary work on a fourth LHD.

At present, Ingalls is constructing the LHD-1 Wasp, which was recently christened, and securing material for the LHD-2 Essex. The LHD-1 is expected to be delivered in the spring of 1989, while construction on the LHD-2 will begin this summer.

This new award, $26 million of which is for advanced procurement of material for LHD-4, is a modification of a September 1986 contract, which included construction funding for LHD-2 and options for LHD-3 and -4.

Construction of the LHD-3, which has been tentatively named Kearsage, is expected to commence in 1989. The construction contract for the LHD-4 is expected to be awarded in December of this year.

Amphibious assault ships have an overall length of 844 feet and a beam of 106 feet. The displacement is 40,500 tons. The primary mission of the Wasp Class vessels is the embarkation, deployment, landing and support of U.S. Marine forces.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 44,  Feb 1988

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