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Monday, March 29, 2021 

Construction has officially commenced on Austal USA’s new steel shipbuilding facility, in Mobile, Alabama, with a ceremony marking the new steel shipbuilding facility that will provide capability to meet increasing demand by the US Navy and US Coast Guard for steel vessels.

The facility is expected to be complete by April 2022.

Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said: “Austal USA’s new steel shipbuilding facility puts us in a prime position to target numerous major steel shipbuilding programmes included in the US Navy’s shipbuilding plan. Today’s ground-breaking marks the start of construction of facilities that will enable Austal USA to build the next generation of the US Navy and US Coast Guards’ ships.”

Interim Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh said: “As demand for the greater and larger Navy and Coast Guard fleets grows, Austal USA is investing to meet those changing requirements. We’re investing in our people, we’re investing in our processes and we’re investing in our facilities and capabilities.”

In June 2020 Austal announced the intention to spend abot US$100m on building a steel shipbuilding capability co-funded by the US Government, to provide additional capability alongside Austal’s existing aluminium construction operations at Mobile, Alabama. Austal USA will bring its lean manufacturing processes and facility design to the steel shipbuilding market, having delivered 24 ships to the US Navy in the last nine years, including the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport (T-EPF).

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