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$1.5B contract the first for new Huntington Ingalls

The amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26) will be similar to the Ingalls-built USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), shown here underway during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.) The amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26) will be similar to the Ingalls-built USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), shown here underway during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Just one day after officially becoming Huntington Ingalls Industries, the company now has a $1.5 billion contract from the Navy.

The contract, awarded to the Ingalls Shipbuilding division, is for the construction of the 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. The contract will be used to build John P. Murtha (LPD 26), with construction expected to start in May.

"This is the first contract awarded to our new company, and our shipbuilders are excited about continuing the LPD product line," said Irwin F. Edenzon, corporate vice president and general manager, Gulf Coast Operations.

"More than 1,500 shipbuilders will be working on LPD 26 over the next four years, and our focus will be on safety, quality, cost and schedule. We've been working hard for the last three years making some changes and focusing on important process improvements. I am confident that LPD 26 will be a great ship, and that is our commitment to the sailors and Marines who will serve on her."

Ingalls Shipbuilding has delivered the first five ships of the San Antonio class, LPDs 17-21. San Diego (LPD 22) will undergo sea trials this summer; Anchorage (LPD 23) will be christened at the company's Avondale facility on May 14; Arlington (LPD 24) was christened on March 26, and Somerset (LPD 25) is 40 percent complete and will be launched in 2012.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, America's largest military shipbuilder, was previously a business sector of Northrop Grumman Corp. until effectively separating on March 31 in a spinoff of the company to shareholders.

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