Nassco/General Dynamics Corp., the West Coast’s last major shipyard, said on June 30 that it was awarded a $60 million contract from the Navy to purchase long lead materials such as engines for a third Mobile Landing Platform ship.

The Barrio Logan shipyard won an earlier contract in May from the Navy valued at about $744 million to build two MLPs. If it wins the full contract to build a third such ship, it would result in another $550 million in work.

The new ship, at 765 feet long, is envisioned as a logistics platform enabling the U.S. military to establish a foothold in areas where it doesn’t control berthing spots and provide a rapid response in a crisis.

In addition to the latest ship, Nassco continues working on two more cargo ships in the T-AKE class, bringing that number to 14, as well as repair work on a variety of Navy fighting ships.

Nassco has about 3,600 employees.

— Mike Allen