“The men and women of Ingalls are passionate about building and supporting LPD 17-class ships when they enter the fleet,” said George Nungesser, Ingalls’ program manager for the project. “This contract builds on our strong legacy of our partnership with the Navy in the construction and post-delivery of Navy ships. We look forward to providing on-site support at U.S. Navy homeports to upgrade these ships with the latest technology.”
Services provided in the contract include post-delivery planning and engineering, systems integration and engineering support, research engineering, material support, fleet modernization program planning, supply chain management, maintenance, and training for certain San Antonio-class shipboard systems.
The San Antonio class is a key component to the Navy’s 21st century amphibious assault force. The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide ships are used to embark and land Marines, their equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey. The ships support a Marine Air Ground Task Force across the spectrum of operations, conducting amphibious and expeditionary missions of sea control and power projection to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions throughout the first half of the 21st century.