Vigor Selects Vancouver for Aluminum Fab Facility

February 1, 2019 – Vigor has entered an agreement to take over the former home of Christensen Yachts in Vancouver, Wash. following a search for the best location to build the U.S. Army’s new landing craft, Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) or MSV(L). The MSV(L) contract represents the largest award in Vigor’s history with a total value of nearly $1 billion over 10 years and hundreds of family-wage jobs. Vigor expects to eventually employ approximately 400 workers at the site and will be investing millions in capital upgrades and equipment. In…

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ST Engineering’s Marine Arm Secures New Contracts

January 14, 2019 – ST Engineering announced today that its Marine arm has won S$560m worth of new contracts in the last quarter of 2018. The award of these contracts demonstrates the sector’s ability to deliver total marine and environmental engineering solutions at its facilities in Singapore and the US. Fast Patrol Boats For the Singapore Police Coast Guard The Ministry of Home Affairs has awarded ST Engineering a contract for the design, construction and maintenance of Fast Patrol Boats for the Singapore Police Coast Guard. Construction of the boats…

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McKean Awarded New Army Watercraft Contract

August 27, 2018 – McKean Defense Group, LLC was awarded a Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF), Single Award, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with the Army Watercraft System Product Directorate (PD AWS). With a maximum ordering value of $47M, McKean will provide systems technical support for Landing Craft, Ship to Shore Enablers, Towing and Terminal Operations vessels, and watercraft operations systems support over a five year period of performance. Work is expected to commence September 2018. “McKean support to PD AWS began in 2010, but this win reflects our first prime contract…

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US Army up close with Melbourne

International engagement during Exercise RIMPAC started early for HMAS Melbourne as the ship welcomed aboard 20 soldiers from the US Army in Hawaii. The American troops from the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD) stepped aboard for a tour of the ship while she was alongside at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to learn about her capabilities and history. The 5th BCD guests were surprised to learn of Melbourne’s 26 years of operational service and her links to the United States Navy as a variant of its Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate.…

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Coast Guard participates in military out load operation

The U.S. Coast Guard worked with partners as part of the Port Readiness Committee to ensure the safe and secure loading of military equipment in the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, during a military out load operation May 7-8, 2018. Along with partners from the Port Readiness Committee, Coast Guard Sector Mobile oversaw the loading of approximately 150 pieces of military equipment during the operation. Agencies and partners that support these operations and the Port Readiness Committee include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Army 842nd Transportation Battalion, U.S.…

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Trump Signs Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Authorization

President Donald J. Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law during a White House ceremony Dec. 12. The act calls for $626 billion for the department’s base budget and another $66 billion for operations. The act includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel. The act authorizes the department to spend money but the appropriations bill–which actually provides the funds–is still in Congress. U.S. Military: ‘Greatest Fighting Force’ “This historic legislation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform–the greatest fighting…

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Vigor wins award to build the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Support Vessel (Light)

In a highly competitive bid process, the U.S. Army has chosen the Vigor design for its new generation of landing craft. The contract represents the largest award in Vigor’s history with a total value of $979,390,000Image of MSV(L) winning design over a ten year period and will provide sustained full time employment for roughly 200 skilled artisans. “This award is the culmination of a five year process of research and development that first began with Kvichak prior to its merger with Vigor,” explains Frank Foti, Vigor CEO. “We are grateful…

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Improved Navy Lighterage System Enables Dynamic Logistical Support

April 13, 2017 – Navy Maritime Prepositioning Force ships USNS Pililaau (T-AK 304) and USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008) successfully utilized the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) to discharge equipment and cargo in support of Combined Joint Logistics Over The Shore (CJLOTS) 2017, April 8-12. The INLS is a sea state three (SS3) capable causeway system that resembles a floating pier comprised of interchangeable modules and is used to transfer cargo from Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships to shore areas where conventional port facilities are unavailable or…

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Fincantieri-Led Team Submits Army MSV-L Proposal

February 7, 2017 – Fincantieri Marine Group announced today the submission of its proposal for the United States Army Maneuver Support Vessel – Light. Fincantieri leads an elite industry team comprised of CNIM, the designer of the Catamaran Landing Craft (L-CAT); Oshkosh Defense, a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life sustainment services; and other specialist partners, including Watercraft Logistics and FEDITC. Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the prime contractor, has extensive experience in managing U.S. Government programs of great complexity and requiring serial production, such as the U.S. Navy’s Littoral…

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