General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
Six 90-day concept studies were awarded in November of 2002 for the Focused Mission High Speed Ship (FMHSS) study. General Dynamics led one of those studies. Proposals were submitted for the seven-month preliminary design phase.
Three awards were made in mid-July of 2003 and General Dynamics was again selected for the next phase of the project. On July 17, 2003 the US Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $9 million contract to develop a preliminary design for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The team will further develop its trimaran concept based upon Austal's innovative, high-speed commercial ship design. The flexibility, speed, endurance, volume, seakeeping, payload capacity, and maneuvering characteristics of the trimaran, coupled with modular mission packages and other modifications to address military-specific requirements, provide an optimal solution for the Navy's LCS requirements. These same characteristics make the BIW-led team's trimaran concept applicable to a wide variety of other domestic and international navy, coastal defense, and high-speed logistics support programs.
The US Navy announced May 27, 2004 that a team led by Bath Iron Works, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, was awarded a $79 million option to an existing contract to continue development of its proposed solution for the U.S. Navy's newest class of ships, the Littoral Combat Ship. Two teams, the General Dynamics team and one other, were selected from a field of three to proceed into this stage of development for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Those three teams had previously been down-selected from a field of six. This continued development was to complete detail design, and has the provision for construction of a prototype of this new high-speed surface ship for delivery in [December 2006].
On June 29, 2004 General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, announced the formation of the team of industry-leading companies that will contribute to the open-architecture core mission systems functions for the General Dynamics design of the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is the core mission systems integrator and has designed a core mission systems architecture that enables the most progressive, proven technologies and capabilities to be integrated into one system. For nearly two years, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and its team had been developing the core mission systems infrastructure, a flexible information technology backbone that allows "plug and play" integration of custom-designed, robust mission modules. The approach builds upon General Dynamics' highly flexible total ship computing environment that not only meets Navy open architecture requirements, but leverages industry standards and non-proprietary interfaces to create a low-cost core mission system solution.
Monday, April 11, 2005 the US Navy announced today that Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a $16 million modification to the previously awarded Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Final System Design contract to procure required Long Lead Material in support of the LCS Program. Long Lead Material is being procured under the Final System Design contract in order to meet the requirements of the anticipated Flight 0 production contract.
The US Navy on October 14, 2005 awarded a Bath Iron Works-led team a $223 million contract for the detailed design and construction of an innovative, trimaran-hull Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as part of its newest ship class. The team will complete the design and construct a high-speed, networked, 127-meter surface combatant ship for delivery to the Navy in October 2007. This award is an option of a contract awarded in July 2003. Bath Iron Works is a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
On January 19, 2006 the General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) team signified the ship's transition from concept to reality with a keel laying ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Honored U.S. Navy guests and representatives of the Alabama Congressional delegation, along with members of the General Dynamics LCS team, were on hand to witness the event, including Dr. Delores M. Etter, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, Rear Adm. Charles S. Hamilton, II, program executive officer for ships, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Congressman Jo Bonner (R-Mobile).
On 06 April 2006 Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter named the Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), built by General Dynamics, Independence. "Independence, along with USS Freedom, are going to be great 21st century ships. Their speed and agility are widely recognized. I believe that their modular approach yields tremendous flexibility for employing these ships and for taking the fight right to the enemy's shoreline," Winter said. The name Independence recognizes the cornerstone of our nation's foundation that so many Americans have fought and died to ensure. Five previous ships have also had that name.