March 31 (UPI) -- Austal USA was awarded a $7.7 million contract Tuesday for work on the littoral combat ship USS Kansas City, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.
The contract funds work during a post shakedown availability for the vessel in San Diego, including manpower, support services, non-standard equipment and associated technical date and documentation needed during the availability.
The deal also funds the correction of trial card deficiencies, the incorporation of approved engineering changes under the ship construction contract.
Work is expected to be completed by May 2021.
The USS Kansas City is the Navy's 11th Independence-class littoral combat ship.