U.S. Navy announces Fiscal Year 2014 Littoral Combat Ship Contract Awards

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U.S. Navy announces Fiscal Year 2014 Littoral Combat Ship Contract Awards
 
Today, contract modifications were issued to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA under their respective Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of two fiscal year 2014 Littoral Combat Ships each.
     
Today, contract modifications were issued to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA under their respective Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of two fiscal year 2014 Littoral Combat Ships each. USS Freedom LCS-1 (picture: US Navy)
Link to Freedom class LCS datasheet and pictures
     
These are the seventh and eighth ships fully funded for each contractor under its previously-awarded, fixed-price incentive "block buy" contract for the design and construction of up to 10 LCS Flight 0+ ships. The two block buy contracts provide for the acquisition of a total of up to 20 Littoral Combat Ships from fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2015, subject to availability of appropriations.

The amount of funds added under the block buy contract with Lockheed Martin Corporation for the fiscal year 2014 LCS ships is $699 million. The amount of funds added under the block buy contract with Austal USA for the fiscal year 2014 LCS ships is $684 million. The ships will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis., and Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., respectively.
     
Today, contract modifications were issued to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA under their respective Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of two fiscal year 2014 Littoral Combat Ships each. The Independence (LCS-2) Littoral Combat Ship
Link to Independence class LCS
     
The prices for the fiscal year 2014 ships were determined based on the competitive, LCS dual block buy contracts that were awarded December 29, 2010.

The additional funding obligated is for the 17th – 20th ships in the LCS class. Presently, four LCS have delivered to the Navy. USS Freedom (LCS 1) concluded its first deployment in December 2013 and is currently at its homeport in San Diego. USS Independence (LCS 2) is undergoing Mine Counter-Measures developmental testing in San Diego. USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is scheduled to begin initial operational test and evaluation of its surface warfare mission module in March, and Coronado (LCS 4) is scheduled to be commissioned April 5, 2014, in Coronado, Calif.

LCS is needed to fill critical, urgent warfighting requirements gaps that exist today. LCS is required to establish and maintain U.S. Navy dominance in the littorals and sea lines of communication choke points around the world.
 

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