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Construction starts on USNS John Lewis

27th September 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) has begun construction of the US Navy's first John Lewis-class Fleet Replenishment Oiler, the future USNS John Lewis.

Before proceeding with the start of construction, the navy conducted a Production Readiness Review in order to verify the effectiveness and efficiency of the design and production planning within the programme. Among other indicators, the programme reported detail design and 3D modelling of the entire ships to be 95% complete.

In developing the design, the navy worked with industry partners to conduct trade off studies that matured the government-developed ship specifications. The results of the trade-off studies were then combined into integrated ship designs. GD-NASSCO was competitively awarded a fixed price incentive block buy contract for the detail design and construction of six vessels.

The John Lewis-class ships will provide underway replenishment of fuel to US Navy ships at sea as part of the navy's combat logistics force. John Lewis will be operated by the navy's Military Sealift Command.

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