HII’s (Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $2.4 billion U.S. Navy fixed-price-incentive contract for the element design and development of America-class amphibious assault ship LHA 9. The award contains choices, that if exercised, would convey the cumulative worth of the contract to $3.2 billion. Ingalls was awarded the unique long-lead-time materials contract for the fourth ship within the America (LHA 6) class on April 30, 2020. Building on LHA 9 is scheduled to start in December 2022. Ingalls has an extended custom of constructing large-deck amphibious ships which are operated by the Navy and Marine Corps.

“Ingalls shipbuilders are able to construct the Navy’s latest LHA. We perceive how essential this work is, and think about it an honor to be given the chance to ship this functionality to the fleet. We worth our partnership with the Navy and all of our important provider companions,” stated Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson.


US Navy America-class amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6). (Photograph by U.S. Navy)

The shipyard has delivered 15 large-decks, together with the Tarawa-class, LHA 1-5; the Wasp-class, LHD 1-8; and most lately the America-class, LHA 6 and LHA 7. The third of the America-class, Bougainville (LHA 8), is presently beneath development. The America-class is a multi-functional and versatile ship that’s able to working in a excessive density, multi-threat setting as an integral member of an expeditionary strike group, an amphibious process drive or an amphibious prepared group. LHA 9, like Bougainville, will retain the aviation functionality of the America-class design whereas including the floor assault functionality of a nicely deck and a bigger flight deck configured for F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and MV-22 Osprey plane. These large-deck amphibious assault ships additionally embrace top-of-the-line medical services with full working suites and triage.

HII is a world, all-domain protection companion, constructing and delivering the world’s strongest, survivable naval ships and applied sciences that safeguard our seas, sky, land, house and cyber. As America’s largest shipbuilder and with a greater than 135-year historical past of advancing U.S. nationwide protection, we’re united by our mission in service of the heroes who defend our freedom. HII’s various workforce contains expert tradespeople; synthetic intelligence, machine studying (AI/ML) consultants; engineers; technologists; scientists; logistics consultants; and enterprise professionals. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s workforce is 44,000 sturdy.

US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA- 7).
US Navy America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA- 7). (Photograph by U.S. Navy)