U.S. Navy Orders Three More Littoral Combat Ships

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The Lockheed Martin-built littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9) underway during acceptatance trials in Lake Michigan during acceptance trials, August 25, 2017. U.S. Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts for another three Littoral Combat Ships, bringing the total number of vessels ordered so far to 32.

The new awards were issued as modifications to existing LCS contracts with Lockheed Martin and Austal USA. Austal received two of the awards while Lockheed received the third.

The three LCSs are the future LCS 29, LCS 32 and LCS 34.

LCS 29 will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, while LCS 32 and LCS 34 will be built at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

“These contract awards represent an important next step in delivering critical warfighting capability to the Fleet,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager (PMS 501).

To date, the Navy has accepted delivery of 16 LCSs. Including this week’s contract modifications, a total of 32 LCSs have been procured, with 10 ships under construction (LCS 15, 17, 19-26) and six additional ships under contract (LCS 27-30, 32, 34).