Huntington Ingalls signs LHA 8 contract
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) shipbuilding division has received a $3 billion contract for the detail design and construction of the US Navy's Bougainville (LHA 8) amphibious assault ship, the company announced on 16 June.
Construction will start in the fourth quarter of 2018, and delivery is expected in 2024.
While Bougainville will retain the aviation capability of the America class design, it will add the surface assault capability of a well deck. The well deck will provide the US Marine Corps the ability to house and launch two landing craft air cushion hovercraft or one landing craft utility as required during maritime missions.
The ship will also feature a larger flight deck configured for Joint Strike Fighter and V-22 Osprey aircraft, which can be used for surface and aviation assaults. The additional area on the flight deck comes in part from a smaller deck house and an additional sponson.
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