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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 675-96
December 17, 1996

NAVY ANNOUNCES CONTRACT AWARD FOR LPD 17

Avondale Industries, Inc., Avondale, La., is being awarded a $641,370,625 cost-plus-award-fee contract for detail design, integration and construction of USS San Antonio (LPD 17), Amphibious Transport Dock Ship, with options for construction of LPD 18 and LPD 19. Teaming with Avondale on this contract are General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works, Hughes Aircraft Company and Intergraph Corporation. Bath Iron Works will participate in the detail design and will construct the LPD 19.

A full and open competition was held for this procurement, and two proposals were received. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the entire contract to $1,526,134,594. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity.

The LPD 17 class program is the first Navy shipbuilding effort aimed at minimizing military specifications and standards (MILSPECS) that allows contractors to take advantage of cost- reducing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies and non- developmental items (NDI). USS San Antonio and its follow-on ships are models of the Navy's ongoing efforts in acquisition reform.

The USS San Antonio will be the most highly technical and advanced amphibious ship ever built. Combining key war fighting and command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence capabilities, this class of ships is and integral element of executing the Navy's Forward ...From the Sea strategy beyond the turn of the century. The LPD 17 ship class will embark, transport, land and support amphibious assault forces of the United States Marine Corps. It will be capable of supporting littoral operations across the full spectrum of potential conflict.

The LPD 17 ship class is the functional replacement of four amphibious ship classes. Detailed information on the LPD 17 may be found on the ship's program manager's homepage ( http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/factfile/ships/ship-lpd.html ).