Litton Industries Inc. is making significant progress correcting design, cost and schedule problems that have plagued a $10-billion program for a new class of amphibious warships, the Navy's top shipbuilding official said.
"The program is back on track," Michael Hammes, deputy assistant secretary for shipbuilding programs told Seapower magazine, a publication of the U.S. Navy League, a private advocacy group.
Litton's Avondale Industries division has reversed 18 months of setbacks on the program's schedule and cost, Hammes said. "There have been very positive trends on the program in the last six months," said Hammes, adding that before that, "there was a lot of turmoil in the program."
Woodland Hills-based Litton is the Navy's third-biggest shipbuilder.
The first two San Antonio class amphibious transport docks, the San Antonio (LPD-17) and the New Orleans (LPD-18), are estimated to be completed about 30% over original budget projections and 10 months and three months, respectively, behind schedule. The problems prompted Congress to defer spending $1 billion for the program in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.