The US Navy (USN) awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a USD1.4 billion contract on 16 February to start building amphibious ship landing platform dock (LPD) 29, but federal lawmakers, defence analysts, and the country's top marine have voiced concerns about the size of the amphibious force.
The fixed-price incentive modification to a previously awarded contract for San Antonio-class LPD 29’s detail design and construction had been anticipated for some time. The question now is when LPD 30 and other amphibious ships will be procured to boost the fleet to the 38 vessels the USN has said it needs.
The navy will have 33 amphibious warfare ships by fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019), according to the USN’s 30-year shipbuilding plan released earlier this month.
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