Accelerating LPD Flight II Will Enhance Naval Capacity and Lethality
LPD 30, the first LPD Flight II is a flexible, survivable and affordable warship that will fulfill the Navy and Marine Corps’ requirements. Using the LPD 17’s proven hull, this LPD derivative is highly adaptable and will be used across the range of military operations, from major combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief through use of its well deck, flight deck, hospital facilities, and self-defense features.
Accelerating this next generation warship will help provide distributed maritime capability, leverages a hot production line, and is important and continued investment in a supplier base of 400 companies in 30 states. In addition to the affordability gained by using the LPD hull for Flight II, further savings can be achieved through a multi year procurement or a block buy acquisition strategy similar to the Virginia-class submarine and the Arleigh Burke destroyer programs. The LPD Flight II will meet the requirements for the next generation amphibious warship the Navy-Marine Corps Team needs now.
Why LPD Flight II?
LPD Flight II is the right choice for the next generation amphibious ship to replace the Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) classes of dock landing ships. The LPD Flight II is substantially more capable than both ship classes at an affordable cost. The design, a derivative of LPD 29, is stable and ready for serial construction of 13 LPD Flight II ships beginning with LPD 30, which was awarded on March 26, 2019.
In response to the customers’ expressed desire for a platform that is ready to conduct split and disaggregated operations, the LPD Flight II will be a mobile, agile airport, seaport, hospital, command and control node, maintenance and logistics facilities supporting a Marine Air Ground Task Force.
The Navy’s decision to utilize the LPD 17 hull as the foundation for LPD Flight II will result in significant capabilities and affordability. The proven LPD hull avoids the risk that accompanies the introduction of a new ship design while saving cost and shortening time to delivery. That means more warfighting capability for the Navy and Marine Corps faster.
Building on a legacy of proven equipment and systems, LPD Flight II maintains commonality with existing fleet assets to provide added value by capitalizing on existing logistics support, crew training and knowledge base for Sailors and Marines. It is the right ship at the right time to efficiently and affordably meet the needs of our Navy/Marine Corps team.