Austal USA in Mobile has been awarded a $91 million contract for three Landing Craft Utility vessels with an option for nine additional craft.
The craft are designed to be carried on amphibious assault ships, then launched to carry personnel and cargo between ship and shore. The heavy-lift capability of these ships is equal to about seven C-17 aircraft, Austal notes.
“Austal USA is honored to be able to build this important connector for the U.S. Navy,” said 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 builds aluminum- and steel-hulled ships for the Navy, Coast Guard and other clients at its shipyard in downtown Mobile.