Northrop Grumman Awarded $1 Billion Contract

Northrop Grumman on Friday received a $1 billion U.S. Navy shipbuilding contract to build a ninth San Antonio (LPD 17)-class ship.

This 47-month contract modification provides funding to finish design and begin construction on the new amphibious transport dock ship, Somerset (LPD 25). The ship will have a crew of 360 officers and enlisted Navy personnel and is capable of embarking a landing force of up to 800 Marines.

The name Somerset honors the county in Pennsylvania where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, after courageous passengers stormed the cockpit in an attempt to regain control from the terrorists onboard.

Northrop Grumman commissioned its third LPD 17-class ship, the Mesa Verde (LPD 19), last Saturday in Panama City. New York (LPD 21) launched this week and will be christened March 1 in New Orleans.

"These sophisticated expeditionary ships align with our nation's current National Maritime Strategy, and it is imperative our sailors and Marines receive the best we have to offer," said Philip Teel, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector.

"We continue to be devoted to building affordable ships of the highest quality. The LPD program will not only maintain this standard, but it will set the bar for other classes to follow."

The San Antonio -class ships, 684 feet long and 105 feet wide, will replace the functions of the LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113 and LST 1179 amphibious ship classes.