The Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] a $114 million undefinitized contract action on Nov. 19 for long-lead time material (LLTM) for the future America-class amphibious assault ship LPH-9.

The DoD contract announcement noted this is the sixth LLTM increment awarded to HII under the contract for LHA-9.

Work is planned to mostly be split between the Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard (64 percent); Montville, N.J. (seven percent); Mobile, Ala.(five percent); Tulsa, Okla. (five percent); and High Ridge, Mo. (five percent), and is expected to be finished by April 2024.

Of this maximum award amount, $85 million in fiscal year 2021 Navy shipbuilding funds was obligated at the time of award. The Navy said this represents 75 percent of the not-to-exceed award price. This was not competitively procured in accordance with U.S. Code regulations.

Last April the Navy awarded HII a $107 million contract for LLTM work on LHA-9 (Defense Daily, April 21) and in 2020 the Navy awarded HII a $146 million contract action for similar LLTM work on the future vessel (Defense Daily, June 18, 2020).

HII noted this award brings the total advance funding for LHA-9 up to about $651 million.

“We appreciate the partnership we have with the Navy and their continued commitment to this important ship. Not only will it provide capability to our Navy fleet, but it also sustains hundreds of jobs across the country within our vast network of suppliers in support of construction,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson said in a statement,