Using Today’s Success to Shape Tomorrow’s Security
With a hot production line in place, skilled and seasoned workforce, a robust supplier base and deep experience building San Antonio (LPD 17) class amphibious warships, Ingalls Shipbuilding stands ready to build LPD 30, the first LPD Flight II that will meet the requirements for LX(R) as the next generation amphibious warship the Navy-Marine Corps team needs today.
LPD 30 is a capable and affordable evolution of the dock landing platform that fulfills the Navy’s LX(R) requirements. Utilizing the LPD 17’s proven hull, this LPD derivative is highly adaptable and will be used across the range of military operations, from major combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief through use of its well deck, flight deck, hospital facilities, self-defense and survivability features.
Initiating the LPD Flight II program in FY18 takes advantage of a mature design, hot production line, stable vendor base, and the talent, experience and facilities of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Starting LPD Flight II production today creates savings tomorrow.
Why LPD Flight II as LX(R)?
LPD Flight II is the right choice for the next generation amphibious ship to replace the Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) classes of dock landing ships. The LPD Flight II is substantially more capable than both ship classes at an affordable cost.
In response to the customers’ expressed desire for a platform that is ready to conduct split and disaggregated operations, the LPD Flight II design is fitted with a fully capable flight deck and hangar, a well deck and the vehicle and cargo capacities to support and sustain more than 500 combat-equipped Marines for up to 30 days. Encompassing Command, Control, communications intelligence and surveillance systems spaces will enhance situational awareness for Marines, the ship and the fleet.
Uncommon affordability can be achieved by using the LPD 17 hull as the foundation for LPD Flight II. The proven LPD hull avoids the risk that accompanies the introduction of a new ship design while saving cost and shortening time to delivery. That means more warfighting capability for the Navy and Marine Corps faster.
Building on a legacy of proven equipment and systems, LPD Flight II maintains commonality with existing fleet assets to provide added value by capitalizing on existing logistics support, crew training and knowledge base for Sailors and Marines. It is the right ship at the right time to efficiently and affordably meet the needs of our Navy/Marine Corps team.