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JHSV Shipbuilders Consortium

Shipyard consortium led by Bollinger Shipyards meets to finalize and announce the group's unique ability to respond to acquisition program for Joint High Speed Vessels. (Right to left) - Keith Whittemore - Kvichak Marine; John Duclos - Gladding-Hearn (Duclos Corp.); Robert Clifford - Incat Australia Pty Ltd.; Peter Duclos - Gladding-Hearn (Duclos Corp.); Chris Bollinger - Bollinger Lockport; Bryan Nichols - Nichols Brothers.

December 8, 2006

Bollinger-led consortium will compete for JHSV

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. is leading an international consortium formed to respond to a Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition program for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV).

The Joint High Speed Vessel program is managed by Navsea's PMS 325. It is a Navy led acquisition of a platform intended to support users in the Department of the Navy and Department of the Army. The Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program is a cooperative effort for a high-speed, shallow draft vessel intended for rapid intra-theatre transport of medium sized cargo payloads. JHSV will reach speeds of 35-45 knots and allow for the rapid transit and deployment of conventional or Special Forces as well as equipment and supplies.

nitially, both the Department of the Army and the Department of the Navy pursued separate programs to meet their requirements for intra-theater connectors. However, a decision was made to combine efforts, as collaboration between the Army and Navy would offer increased cost savings for both armed services. The JHSV program combines the Army's Theater Support Vessel (TSV) program with the Navy and Marine Corps High Speed Connector (HSC).

The Navy's Program Executive Office, Ships will conduct acquisition for both the Army and Navy, but each service will fund its own ships. After delivery, each service will be responsible for manning, maintaining, and providing full lifecycle support for their respective vessels.

A lead ship award is planned for FY2008

The consortium led by Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. includes Australian-based shipyard INCAT, Australian-based design group Revolution Design, two Washington State shipyards Nichols Brothers and Kvichak, and Massachusetts-based shipyard Gladding-Hearn (Duclos Corp).

Chris Bollinger, Executive Vice President for Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., said, "Bollinger Shipyards is pleased to bring together the expertise of premier aluminum shipbuilders from the West Coast, East Coast and Gulf Coast along with the world leader in HSV design and construction, Incat Tasmania and Revolution Design."

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