Littoral Combat Ship Builder Opens 200-Person Office in San Diego

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The USS Coronado, a littoral combat ship built by Austal USA. Navy photo

Austal USA announced Tuesday the opening of an office in San Diego to support two new classes of multi-hull vessels that it is building for the Navy.

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The Australian company is the supplier for the unique trimaran-hull Independence-class littoral combat ships, with all eight based in San Diego and more on the way, and the catamaran-hull expeditionary fast transport ships.

“Today’s opening is a direct reflection of the company’s commitment to provide the U.S. Navy, not only exceptional ships, but outstanding service and support the life of the ship,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle.

“With nine expeditionary fast transport ships and eight Independence-variant littoral combat ships delivered to the Navy, and many more to follow, this expansion increases our ability to support our ships beyond delivery and as they deploy,” he added.

The San Diego office will employ over 200 and the company is hiring. Applications can be made online at

Austal builds the ships in Mobile, AL, and also has facilities in Singapore and Washington.

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