Austal Leads LCS Suppliers to Washington, DC

press release
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Discuss Future of Supporting the Program before Congress.


Austal brought together representatives of over 50 suppliers from 25 states to build support for the future of the U.S. Navy’s LCS program. The representatives of the Independence-variant LCS industrial base gathered on May 16 and 17 for a conference and congressional outreach.


Austal USA’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Rella, was joined by Rear Admiral James A. Murdoch, Program Executive Officer, Littoral Combat Ships, and Congressman Jo Bonner (R-AL) in welcoming the attendees and briefing them on the U.S. Navy’s plans for the LCS program, its acquisition plan and providing an overview on program challenges . They discussed the importance of the LCS program to our Navy and nation.
 

In his comments to the suppliers who were invited, Mr. Rella stated “Besides the needs expressed by the Navy for the LCS Program to continue to deliver ships in support of their vital multi-mission capabilities, we need to ensure that Representatives from around the country realize that folks are employed beyond the borders of the shipbuilder’s home state. Thousands of people are employed directly as first tier suppliers in over 25 states and when considering second tier suppliers the reach extends to the entire nation.”
 

On the second day of the event, Austal arranged for the suppliers to visit Capitol Hill for meetings with Members of Congress, key staffers, and defense legislative assistants in each of the suppliers’ districts. The objective of these meetings was to make congress aware of the importance of the LCS to national security and help them to understand the economic impact the program brings to each supplier’s district and state, specifically the State of Alabama, and the City of Mobile.
 

Austal USA’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing and External Affairs, Craig Hooper, said, “we are grateful that our suppliers took a day and helped reach over 100 members of Congress, explaining the importance of the LCS Program to national security as well as economic contributions of the industrial base as a whole.”
 

Austal USA is a full-service shipyard offering design, construction and high-speed vessel service and repair. As Austal USA continues to expand its service and repair capabilities, the company is well positioned for new business with engineering, test and trials capabilities, and a new waterfront facility all co-located on the Mobile Bay waterfront.
 

Austal is currently under contract with the U.S. Navy to build nine 103-meter JHSVs under a 10-ship, $1.6 billion contract and five 127-meter Independence-variant LCS class ships, four of which are a part of a 10-ship, $3.5 billion contract.
 

For the LCS and JHSV programs, Austal, as prime contractor, is teamed with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. As the ship systems integrator, General Dynamics is responsible for the design, integration and testing of the ship’s electronic systems including the combat system, networks, and seaframe control. General Dynamics’ proven open architecture approach allows for affordable and efficient capability growth as technologies develop.
 

These two contracts will require Austal to increase its Mobile, Alabama workforce to approximately 4,000 employees in order to fulfil the contract requirements.  “With almost ten percent of these workers expected to reside in the neighbouring states of Florida and Mississippi,” said Rella, “we are proud that Austal is an engine of regional growth for the Gulf States and the entire Nation.”
 

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

Wärtsilä Propulsion Equipment for 2 Fishing Vessels

Two new 78 metre purser/trawler fishing vessels being designed and built at Karstensen Shipyard in Denmark will feature Wärtsilä's main propulsion and control equipment.

Seaspan Takes Delivery of 5th 10000 TEU Containership

Seaspan Corporation announced yesterday that it accepted delivery of a 10000 TEU containership, the MOL Brightness. The new containership, which was constructed

MHI to Change Name of Group Company

Effective November 1 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will change the name of its group company in Singapore from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering & Services Private Ltd.

Navy

Keel Laid, Fabrication Started on 2 Navy Warships

This week, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated two milestone events for the Arleigh Burke-class program. On October 30, Bath Iron Works held a keel laying

Partnerships Key to Caribbean Maritime Security

Planning and execution of port and maritime safety and security in Caribbean region is all about partnerships Maritime security and safety experts are meeting in Nassau,

Fincantieri & Vittoria Shipyard Join Forces

During the 24th edition of Euronaval, the most prestigious event in the world for naval defense, Fincantieri, one of the major shipbuilding groups worldwide, and Vittoria Shipyard,

Eye on the Navy

Fincantieri & Vittoria Shipyard Join Forces

During the 24th edition of Euronaval, the most prestigious event in the world for naval defense, Fincantieri, one of the major shipbuilding groups worldwide, and Vittoria Shipyard,

Warships Heading to Albany

HMAS Stuart and Japanese Defense Ship Kirisame departed Fleet Base West late yesterday to participate in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event this weekend.   The

Australia’s Newbuild LHD Enroute Homeport

Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship, NUSHIP Canberra has been farewelled from Melbourne as she departs for Sydney. NUSHIP Canberra departed

Government Update

Easing US Oil Export Ban Unlikey to Raise Gasoline Prices

A government study on Thursday essentially supported the notion that easing the decades-old restriction on exporting U.S. crude was more likely to lower than raise

Rep. Cummings Receives Maritime Service Award

On Wednesday, October 29, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) delivered keynote remarks at APL Maritime’s Senior Management Conference, and received an award

Two Great Lakes Toxic Hotspots Restored

EPA announces removal of two toxic hotspots on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan from binational list The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that two U.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Repair Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1470 sec (7 req/sec)