Navy's Four-Ship Amphib Buy, New Force Structure Assessment

The Navy has reached a preliminary agreement with Huntington Ingalls Industries on a plan to buy four amphibious warships, but the Pentagon may hold off on executing the deal pending a new force structure assessment, said a service official testifying before Congress today.

During a hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s seapower subcommittee, acting Navy acquisition chief Jay Stefany told lawmakers that the Navy reached a “handshake agreement” with HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding that would adhere to Congressional authorities the service received in the Fiscal Year 2021 policy bill.

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