The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Coronado (LCS 4) is rolled-out at the Austal USA assembly bay on January 9, 2011. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Austal USA to Provide Preliminary Design for U.S. Navy’s Next-Generation Supply Ships

Mike Schuler
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December 22, 2021

Austal USA, a subsidiary of Australia-based Austal Limited (ASX: ASB), has been awarded a $2 million conduct for the preliminary design of the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Logistics Ship (NGLS) program.

The NGLS program represents a new class of medium-sized, at-sea supply ships intended to support small surface combatants such as Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and frigates as well as the Navy’s planned Light Amphibious Warships (LAW). The mission of the NGLS fleet will include re-fuelling, re-arming, and resupply of naval assets.

The contract requires Austal USA to develop a new baseline design for the next-generation logistics ship and perform specific trade studies.

Austal Limited Chief Executive Officer Paddy Gregg said the contract was another significant step forward in Austal USA’s expansion into steel naval ship design and construction.

“Adding to the concept design work Austal is already undertaking for the US Navy’s Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) program and the recent construction contract for up to five Towing, Salvage and Rescue (T-ATS) ships, this contract further demonstrates Austal USA’s capabilities and commitment to steel naval ship design and construction,” said Gregg.

Austal USA’s has built a reputation for completing major naval vessel contracts, including the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport (T-EPF) programs on schedule and on budget.

The Navy’s proposed FY2022 budget requests $27.8 million in research and development funding for the NGLS program.

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