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First LPD 17 Moving into Production

      7/25/2000

First LPD 17 Moving into Production

Litton Avondale Industries is beginning full, sustained production of the lead ship in the U.S. Navy's new San Antonio (LPD 17) Class of amphibious assault ships. Start of production follows a 36-month period of design, material procurement and engineering. Through the use of extensive automation, advanced materials and equipment, and reduced crew size, the ships will be produced for the lowest possible operating and maintenance costs over their lifetime in the Fleet.

As prime contractor for the LPD 17 program, Litton Avondale leads a team comprised of General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works, Raytheon Electronic Systems and Intergraph Corporation. In addition to design work begun for the new class in 1997, Avondale has already constructed a series of pilot ship sections to demonstrate the maturity of the design and efficient production processes.To date, four ships have been awarded in the 12-ship program with the eight additional ships planned in the next four to five years. The first ship in the new class will be delivered in late 2003. Value of the four ships awarded to date is in excess of $2 billion. Eight of the ships will be built at Litton Avondale in New Orleans, while four are currently planned for production at Bath Iron Works.

The LPD 17 Amphibious Transport Dock Ships are designed to be 208.4 meters (684 feet) long and 31.9 meters (105 feet) wide and will be the functional replacement for the LPD 4, LSD36, LKA 113, and LDT 1179 Classes of Amphibious ships. The ship's mission is to embark, transport, and land elements of a landing force in an assault by helicopters, landing craft, and amphibious vehicles to conduct an amphibious warfare mission.


 

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