General Dynamics Nassco has received an $18.7 million modification to a previously awarded contract for postshakedown shipyard work on what will be the USS Anchorage, the Defense Department announced recently.

Work on the ship, known as an amphibious transport dock, is expected to be completed by December 2014.

The contract modification covers program management, planning, engineering, design, liaison, scheduling, labor and procurement of incidental material.

The ship can carry up to two landing craft, up to four helicopters and an embarked landing force of 700-800 U.S. Marines.

— SDBJ Staff Report