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Monday, August 3, 2020 

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS), a US member of the Italian state shipbuilding group, has announced plans for an upgrade to its yard in preparation for anticipated naval work.

Todd Thayse, FBS VP and GM, said: “This opportunity to continue and expand the work we are doing for the Navy with the frigate is exciting for many reasons. It gives us the ability to continue delivering naval vessels for the Navy and Coast Guard as we’ve done throughout our history.”

FBS is partnering with sister yard Fincantieri Marinette Marine, which was awarded the US$795 million contract for the Navy’s first-in-class frigate in April. This will afford the opportunity to exercise options on the original contract for nine additional ships and services.

FBS will build large portions of the frigate hull then ship them by barge across Lake Michigan to Marinette, similar to the methods employed in Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) construction by Fincantieri ACE Marine and Marinette.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding will maintain its current shipyard footprint in Sturgeon Bay that stretches along

Under FBS' plans, the south end of the yard and buildings, formerly owned and operated by Palmer Johnson Yachts, will become the hub for government work. FBS will expand or update some buildings to accommodate larger fabrication efforts, a blast/prime/paint building and more room for support services.

FBS will continue its commercial construction, conversion and repair business that recently delivered the latest Washington Island Ferry and is continuing construction of a self-unloading barge, Great Lakes freighter, and LNG bunker barge.

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