Austal USA wins contract with US Navy to tow rescue and rescue vessel


The U.S. Navy awarded Austal USA a $ 144 million tow, rescue and rescue (T-ATS) detailed design and build contract on October 5.

Austal USA press release

The award of this contract marks the company’s first new steel vessel construction program. Austal USA will use its proven vessel manufacturing processes and innovative methods that incorporate lean manufacturing principles, modular construction and mobile assembly lines, all housed in the new state-of-the-art enclosed enclosure. ‘business. steel production facility should open in April.

“The Austal USA team is delighted to get to work on this program and to take advantage of our new steel fabrication line to meet US Navy and US Coast Guard requirements for steel ships. Said Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh. “Our consistent delivery of quality vessels on budget and on time continues to dominate the industry. Our highly skilled workforce takes pride in maintaining the excellence that our customers know and expect from Austal.

This award follows the Navy’s $ 3.6 million T-ATS functional design contract awarded to Austal USA in June.

T-ATS will provide ocean towing, rescue and rescue capabilities to support U.S. fleet operations and will be a multi-mission common-hull platform capable of towing heavy vessels. These ships will be able to support current missions, including oil spill response, humanitarian assistance, and research and surveillance over large areas. The platform also enables future capability initiatives such as modular payloads with hotel services and appropriate interfaces.

Austal USA opened its $ 100 million steel plant in March 2020. The line will be ready to cut steel in April.

The T-ATS award is one of many steel shipbuilding programs the company pursues as it diversifies its capabilities. Austal USA previously announced that it has submitted a bid to build the US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter and continues to execute Light Amphibious Warship Concept Studies and a Preliminary Design Contract for the Navy and Navy. Body. Austal’s new steel line and expansion of facilities also position it well to be the follow-up yard for the US Navy frigates.

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