The America class is a ship class of landing helicopter assault (LHA) type amphibious assault ships of the U.S. Navy.
The America class is a ship class of landing helicopter assault (LHA) type amphibious assault ships of the U.S. Navy.

HII Awarded $2.4 Billion US Navy Contract to Build Amphibious Assault Ship LHA 9

HII’s (Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $2.4 billion U.S. Navy fixed-price-incentive contract for the detail design and construction of America-class amphibious assault ship LHA 9. The award includes options, that if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $3.2 billion. Ingalls was awarded the original long-lead-time material contract for the fourth ship in the America (LHA 6) class on April 30, 2020. Construction on LHA 9 is scheduled to begin in December 2022. Ingalls has a long tradition of building large-deck amphibious ships that are operated by the Navy and Marine Corps.

“Ingalls shipbuilders are ready to build the Navy’s newest LHA. We understand how important this work is, and consider it an honor to be given the opportunity to deliver this capability to the fleet. We value our partnership with the Navy and all of our critical supplier partners,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson.

US Navy amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6).
US Navy America-class amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6). (Photo by U.S. Navy)

The shipyard has delivered 15 large-decks, including the Tarawa-class, LHA 1-5; the Wasp-class, LHD 1-8; and most recently the America-class, LHA 6 and LHA 7. The third of the America-class, Bougainville (LHA 8), is currently under construction. The America-class is a multi-functional and versatile ship that is capable of operating in a high density, multi-threat environment as an integral member of an expeditionary strike group, an amphibious task force or an amphibious ready group. LHA 9, like Bougainville, will retain the aviation capability of the America-class design while adding the surface assault capability of a well deck and a larger flight deck configured for F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and MV-22 Osprey aircraft. These large-deck amphibious assault ships also include top-of-the-line medical facilities with full operating suites and triage.

HII is a global, all-domain defense partner, building and delivering the world’s most powerful, survivable naval ships and technologies that safeguard our seas, sky, land, space and cyber. As America’s largest shipbuilder and with a more than 135-year history of advancing U.S. national defense, we are united by our mission in service of the heroes who protect our freedom. HII’s diverse workforce includes skilled tradespeople; artificial intelligence, machine learning (AI/ML) experts; engineers; technologists; scientists; logistics experts; and business professionals. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s workforce is 44,000 strong.

US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA- 7).
US Navy America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA- 7). (Photo by U.S. Navy)

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