Ingalls Shipbuilding awarded $3 billion Navy contract

Work is expected to begin next year at Ingalls Shipbuilding, which has been awarded a $3 billion contract for the detail design and construction of amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8).

The name commemorates the Bougainville Campaign in World War II that lasted from 1943-44, and Allied forces secured a strategic airfield from Japan in the northern Solomon Islands, helping break the Japanese stronghold in the South Pacific.

Ingalls was awarded the original long-lead material contract for the third ship in the America (LHA 6) class in June 2016.