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Ingalls signs LHA 8 contract

4th July 2016 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipbuilding division is to build a new America-class amphibious assault ship, LHA 8, under a $272.47 million contract from the US Navy announced on 30 June.

The contract includes advanced planning, engineering and procurement of long-lead material; as well as options, which if exercised, would increase the cumulative value of the contract to $3.1 billion.

Ingalls Shipbuilding has built one America-class ship so far, the USS America (LHA 6), along with eight Wasp-class landing helicopter docks and five Tarawa-class amphibious assault ships. The second America-class ship, the USS Tripoli (LHA 7), is currently being constructed and is expected to launch in the summer of 2017.

Brian Cuccias, president, Ingalls Shipbuilding, said: 'We appreciate the partnerships we continue to have with the navy/marine corps team. We are also proud of the support we get from a large, nationwide industrial base of suppliers, who remain an essential ingredient to the construction of these capable and survivable amphibious warships.

'Ingalls operates in an 800-acre shipbuilding facility that is optimised to build several classes of complex ships simultaneously. As Mississippi’s largest manufacturing employer, we also appreciate the stable partnership we’ve had with the state and the investments they’ve made in our success throughout our nearly 80 years in Pascagoula.'

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