Australian shipbuilder Austal has won a $584.2 million contract to build a 14th Littoral Combat Ship for the US Navy, Reuters reported.
Australian Associated Press added quoting Asutal that the 127-metre LCS28 will be built at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, employing techniques that would be applied if it wins the Australian government's $3 billion Offshore Patrol Vessel contract.
"While I am obviously happy for Austal, I am also delighted in the vote of confidence this delivers for Australian shipbuilding and design," Austal chief executive David Singleton said.
Austal has now taken $8 billion in orders for the Independence Class LCS program, with the US Navy expected to order two more of the frigate-sized ships in the current US financial year.
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