Navy Awards Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training Contracts

by: Matthew Potter
January 29, 2013

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The LCS is the newest U.S. Navy ship. Interestingly they are of 2 designs and built at 2 yards. This was done to speed production and also because the original plans called for fifty or more of the ships to be built. The Lockheed Martin (LMT) USS Independence design (LCS-1) is built at the Marinette Marine facility in Wisconsin and the USS Freedom (LCS-2) at the Austal America yard in Mobile, AL. The Freedom is designed by General Dynamics (GD).

So far each yard has delivered 2 ships having received contracts for up to 10. LCS-4, the USS Coronado, made by Austal is almost complete and will commission this year.

The ships despite their dissimilar hull shape have the same basic performance and weapons. They will be capable of being equipped with different modules depending on the mission and these will include anti-mine, anti-surface and air defense. The first LCS are based at San Diego, CA and are already carrying out operations.

In support of the program the Navy awarded Cubic Corporation (CUB) 3 contracts for training for the ships. Due to the 2 different designs there was one contract awarded in support of each. Then third for developing mission training packages. Each contract is worth almost $100 million.

As the LCS numbers grow there will be growing demand for more efficient training. These packages will help the Navy prepare a larger number of sailors for these ships.

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