Mobile-based Austal USA has been awarded yet another multimillion-dollar contract from the Navy.
The $91,535,551 award will combine with an earlier contract to design and produce three Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1700 class craft.
“Austal USA is honored to be able to build this important connector for the U.S. Navy,” commented Dave Growden, vice president of new construction projects. “We recognize the critical role this platform plays in supporting expeditionary operations for the Navy and Marine Corps and are looking forward to continuing to deliver ships and boats to our customers on time and on budget.”
Austal USA was awarded a contract for the detail design and construction of three Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1700 class craft.https://t.co/iH6eGrkuzb
— Austal USA (@Austal_USA) September 7, 2023
LCU vessels are carried aboard amphibious assault ships to deliver vehicles, personnel and cargo from sea-to-shore and back. They provide a heavy-lift capability and can carry about the same payload capacity as seven C-17 aircraft, according to a news release.
Austal USA is also building two Navy towing, salvage and rescue ships, and a 90,800 square-foot auxiliary floating dry dock.
Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.