October 12, 2010
Austal awarded construction contract for JHSV 4 and JHSV 5
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $204,652,897 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-2217) for the exercise of construction options for ships four and five of the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program. The JHSV will provide high speed, shallow draft transportation capability to support the intra-theater maneuver of personnel, supplies and equipment for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army. Work will be performed in Mobile, Ala., and is expected to be completed by December 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Austal USA's President and Chief Operating Officer Joe Rella remarked, "The full award for the fourth and fifth JHSV's further demonstrates the Navy's commitment to the program and their confidence in our performance. I am proud of our shipbuilding team and look forward to the continued success of this program."
As prime contractor, Austal was awarded the construction contract for the first 103-meter JHSV in November 2008, with options for nine additional vessels expected to be exercised between FY09 and FY13. The Austal JHSV team includes platform systems engineering agent General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems who is responsible for the design, integration and test of the ship's mission systems, including internal and external communications, electronic navigation, and aviation and armament systems.
Austal received authorization from the Navy to start construction on the first U.S. Army vessel of the contract, Spearhead (JHSV 1), in December 2009 after completing the rigorous design in a 12-month period. A formal Keel Laying Ceremony was held for Spearhead at Austal's Mobile, Alabama shipyard on July 22, 2010, and it is on schedule for launch in June 2011 and delivery in December 2011. Construction on Vigilant (JHSV 2), the first Navy vessel, began at the shipbuilder's Module Manufacturing Facility on September 13, 2010