Lockheed Shipbuilding Awards LSD-41 Contract To J.J. Henry Co., Inc

The J.J. Henry Co., Inc. of New York, has been selected by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Co. of Seattle, Wash., to develop detailed engineering and construction drawings for the LSD-41, the first in a new class of Dock Landing Ships for the U.S. Navy. The J.J. Henry Co.

had previously provided engineering support to Lockheed during the Ship System Design Support phase (SSDS), and designed the Land Based Test Site (LBTS) to test the vessel's prospective main propulsion system. Construction of the Land Based Test Site is currently underway at the Naval Ship Engineering Station (NAVSES) located in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

The LSD-41 class vessels are large amphibious support ships designed to transport combatequipped and battle-ready U.S.

Marines to designated trouble spots throughout the world. Each ship will be equipped with four air cushion landing craft (LCAC) to deliver combat troops and heavy equipment onto or over the beaches to tactical assault points ashore. Designed for flexibility, the LSDs can also land troops and equipment by helicopter and conventional landing craft if warranted by existing circumstances.

Engineering work on the program is being performed at the J.J. Henry Co.'s Moorestown, N.J., Production D i v i s i o n Headquarters, under the direction of Robert McFadden, assistant vice president and director of marine engineering, who is the program EXCLUSIVE AGENT manager for J.J. Henry. In addition to being one of the largest contracts ever awarded to the company, the program is unique in that the J.J. Henry Co. is making extensive use of its recently installed computer assisted design equipment, including the SPADES system of N/C lofting.

Previous successful projects engaged in by Lockheed and the J.J. Henry Co. include the large and powerful 400-foot USCG icebreakers of the Polar Star class.

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