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AUSTAL USA TO DESIGN US NAVY TOWING, SALVAGE AND RESCUE VESSEL

AUSTAL USA TO DESIGN US NAVY TOWING, SALVAGE AND RESCUE VESSEL

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 

Austal of Western Australia's subsidiary Austal USA has been awarded a US$3.6m functional design contract to prepare for construction of the new Navajo-class Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS) for the United States Navy.

Austal USA will prepare a functional design for the T-ATS, an 80m steel monohull vessel with multi-mission capability to support a variety of towing, salvage, search and rescue, oil spill response, humanitarian assistance and surveillance activities. The T-ATS can also embark containerised systems including cyber, electronic warfare, and decoy and surveillance packages.

Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said: “In June 2020, Austal announced our intention to invest approximately US$100m in steel shipbuilding capability at Mobile, Alabama, co-funded by the United States Government. In March 2021, the Austal USA team broke ground on new steel shipbuilding facilities and now, we have received the first contract to design the steel-hulled Navajo-class T-ATS ships for the United States Navy. Austal USA is now well on the path to delivering steel ships for the United States Navy and we couldn’t be prouder of the hardworking team in Mobile, Alabama; now the fifth largest shipyard in the United States.”

As part of the design contract, Austal USA will define detailed requirements to construct, test, and deliver T-ATS ships in accordance with US Government ship specifications. Austal USA is currently delivering the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport (T-EPF) programs for the US Navy. 13 LCS and 12 EPF vessels have been delivered from the Austal’s Mobile Alabama shipyard since 2009.

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