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Marine Log

August 12, 2008

Austal USA names Director of Commercial Sales

Mike Pinkham

Austal USA is strengthening its commercial focus. Michael Pinkham has joined Austal's Mobile, Alabama team as Director of Commercial Sales.

Formerly with Seacoast Electronics as VP Sales & Marketing, Mr. Pinkham brings with him 32 years of experience from several areas in the shipbuilding and repair industry.

He started his maritime career in the Norfolk Shipbuilding Apprentice Program and has since held various positions in production, estimating, contract administration and project management as well as sales and marketing.

"We look forward to Mike's contribution to our team," says Austal USA's Chief Operating Officer, Joe Rella. "Mike is a well-respected industry professional who brings years of experience to Austal."

No stranger to the Gulf Coast shipbuilding industry, Mr. Pinkham's relevant experience includes work at Atlantic Marine and Bender Shipbuilding and Repair both located in Mobile.

Current construction activity at the Mobile yard includes the second of two 353-foot (107-meter) high-speed cargo/passenger ferries for Hawaii Superferry, which is on schedule for launch in the end of September, and the 127-meter Littoral Combat Ship, Independence (LCS2).

Austal's operation in the U.S. currently employs over 1,000 shipyard workers. The yard began operation in 2001 and has successfully produced and delivered nine aluminum vessels, including two fast crew supply vessels, two dinner cruise yachts, two high-speed passenger ferries, two high-speed vehicle/passenger ferries, and one surface-effect vessel for the Office of Naval Research.

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