Four US shipyards have received contracts to explore options for a future Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform (CHAMP) that could potentially replace several ageing classes of US Navy (USN) auxiliary and sealift vessels.
Bollinger Shipyards, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, Philly Shipyard Inc, and VT Halter Marine were awarded firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts on 3 June by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Each contract is valued at USD2.9 million.
The evolving CHAMP concept envisages the use of common newbuild hulls to replace up to five different types of ship: sealift, aviation logistics support, hospital, repair tender, and command and control.
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