Austal USA has taken a step forward in its plans to build steel vessels. It has won a $3.6 million functional design contract to prepare for construction of Navajo-class Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS) for the U.S. Navy.
Austal USA will prepare a functional design for the T-ATS, a 263-foot 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 containerized systems including cyber, electronic warfare, and decoy and surveillance packages.
Paddy Gregg, CEO of parent Austal Limited (ASX: ASB) called the award another major milestone in the continuing evolution of the Mobile, Alabama, shipyard.
“In June 2020, Austal announced our intention to invest approximately $100 million 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,” said Gregg. “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 5th 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 United States Government ship specifications.