It has been announced that a $107,194,022 Navy contract has been awarded to Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula.
The contract will be used to purchase long-lead time materials in advance of the construction of LHA 9, an America-class amphibious assault ship.
“The talented shipbuilders at Ingalls build some of the world’s finest ships for our U.S. Navy fleet,” Senator Roger Wicker said. “This new award is a down payment on the construction of LHA 9, the third of a new generation of amphibious assault ships that will enhance our Sailors’ and Marines’ ability to project power around the globe.”
“Utilizing advanced appropriations funding to procure long-lead-time materials for the LHA 9 allows Ingalls shipbuilders to work undeterred in our effort to provide the Navy with the ships it needs,” Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, commented. “I’m pleased to see this contract issued now as we begin the FY2022 process of funding future shipbuilding needs.”
The purpose of the America-class amphibious assault ships is to deliver a Marine Expeditionary Unit using rotary lift and fixed winged aircraft, ultimately functioning like a smaller aircraft carrier.