The following is the text of a news release from Eastern Shipbuilding Group:
(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group has been selected to complete the design study and analysis for the landing craft utility (LCU) 1700 by the United States Navy. Eastern will spend the next 100 days addressing technical solutions for the future LCU 1700 to support the program goal of providing all the capabilities required in the most cost-effective manner.
The LCU 1700 program will recapitalize the 32 craft of the LCU 1610 capabilities. The LCU 1610 class currently provides the Navy's amphibious ships with an organic capability to move equipment between ship and shore in a reliable, fuel-efficient manner.
Eastern has teamed with Vard Marine to complete the LCU 1700 design study and analysis.