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Efforts to begin the process of production and delivery of the new ship come as the service is finalizing its plans to start a competition to build the vessel a new platform designed to replace the services’ existing fleet of landing ships.
The existing Navy plan calls for the service to award the detail design and construction contract for the lead ship by 2020 with delivery planned for 2026,
However, during its mark-up of the 2016 defense bill, House Armed Services Committee lawmakers added $279 million for advanced procurement of materials for the LXR.
The Navy is now finishing up what’s called a capabilities development document in preparation to release a formal proposal to industry groups interested in competing to build the new ship.
After an extensive analysis, the Navy has decided to base the LXR design upon the hull of an LPD 17 Amphibious Transport Dock.
This decision means the new ship will have more command and control technologies and aviation capability than the LSD ships they are replacing in order to allow for more independent operations.