The contract value could increase to US$215.9 million (~A$298.9 million) if options for further periods contained in the contract are exercised by the US Navy.
Austal Limited Chief Executive Officer Patrick Gregg said building Austal’s support business has been a key plank of the Company’s growth strategy, and the deployed Littoral Combat Ship contract adds to Austal’s recent inclusion in the Sustainment Execution Contract panels in both San Diego, California, (SEC West) and Mayport, Florida, (SEC East), as well as the Company’s pending lease of a ship repair facility in San Diego.
Mr Gregg said:
“This award is an important milestone in growing Austal’s vessel sustainment business, and positions Austal USA to be the prime contractor for all continuous and emergent maintenance on the LCS as they transit and operate in the region,”
The maintenance award is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for emergent repair and continuous maintenance, on the multiple Independence-class LCS deployed to the Western Pacific. Work for an initial 24-month base period will begin in January 2022 and will be completed by December 2026 if all further options are exercised.
In 2017, Austal USA established a service centre in Singapore, adjacent to the Changi Naval Base to support deployed LCS and Austal-built Expeditionary Fast Transport. Over the last four years, Austal USA’s service and support business has grown in size and scope with continued investment from the company.
In 2018, the company expanded its presence in San Diego, California adding more engineering and technical expertise to support the continued delivery of the LCS homeported in San Diego.
In September 2020, Austal USA purchased additional waterfront, facilities and equipment along the Gulf Coast in Mobile, Alabama. The new Austal USA West Campus Ship Repair facility includes 15 acres of waterfront property, a pier front capable of mooring vessels up to 300 metres, a 20,000-ton Panamax-class floating dry dock, 28,000 square metre outdoor fabrication space, and 10,000 square metres of undercover repair facilities.
Austal’s overall investment strategy includes its new construction business as the Company is on schedule to complete a new state-of-the-art steel production line in April to support future US Navy and US Coast Guard steel ships.