Textron Inc.’s New Orleans facility was awarded a $212.7 million contract by the U.S. Navy for the detail design and construction of a training craft, according to a prepared statement released Friday by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.
The craft is called a Ship-to-Shore Connector, or SCC, and the contract includes options that could bring the value of the contract to $570 million, the press release stated.
The SSC will be a high-speed, fully amphibious landing craft that can travel at speeds of more than 35 knots, according to Landrieu. It supports rapid movement of Marine Expeditionary Forces from the sea base to shore and can deliver heavy equipment beyond the beach.
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, said in a prepared statement: “The first phase of this contract could mean more than $570 million in work for Textron in the next four years, and will sustain hundreds of good jobs for our region.”