PASCAGOULA — Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s Pascagoula shipyard has been awarded a $175.5-million contract to purchase materials for a second ship in the Navy’s newest class of large-deck amphibious assault vessels.
The contract includes design, engineering and planning for the vessel, which is part of a class that will replace the aging Tarawa class of ships.
Northrop is constructing the first ship in the class, America (LHA 6), which is 25 percent complete and slated for delivery in 2013.
Amphibious warships are designed to support the Marine Corps, which will maintain the aviation elements onboard the ship. The ships are also called upon to support humanitarian and other contingency missions.