Lockheed's Moorestown plant gets some more Navy work

Posted: March 19, 2011

Lockheed Martin Corp. has landed a $376.6 million contract with the U.S. Navy to construct the nation's seventh Littoral Combat Ship, a fast, agile warship for shallow waters.

The ship and funding are part of a larger $3.6 billion contract with a Lockheed Martin-led team awarded in December by the Navy to build 10 ships at a Marinette, Wis., shipyard through 2015.

About 2 percent of the work will be done at Lockheed's facility in Moorestown, Burlington County, which specializes in radar, sensors, and electronics mostly for Navy ships.

The work will not necessarily mean new jobs at Lockheed in Moorestown, but rather steady work for the team already in place for this program, Lockheed spokeswoman Kimberly Martinez said.

About 4,100 work at Lockheed in Moorestown, and about 100 of those employees work on the Littoral Combat Ship program.

"At the moment, I do not have specific predictions if this will lead to new hires," Martinez said. "For now, we can only refer to this as additional work for the existing team."

A $436.8 million contract for the first ship was announced by the Navy for Lockheed in December.

Eight remaining ship contracts will be awarded to Lockheed through 2015.

Another company, Austal USA in Alabama, is also building Littoral Combat Ships. They are a new class of ships for the Navy, which has said it may purchase as many as 55 over time.

Lockheed Martin, a Bethesda, Md.-based global security company employing 132,000 worldwide, develops and manufactures advanced technology systems.

Prior to this contract, Lockheed designed and constructed the first Littoral Combat Ship, the USS Freedom, commissioned in 2008, which operates out of its homeport in San Diego.


Contact staff writer Linda Loyd

at 215-854-2831 or lloyd@phillynews.com.

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