Ship maintenance

Austal expands its naval maintenance wings in the United States

International shipbuilder Austal is expanding its presence in the United States following the award of new contracts to support the Littoral fleet of combat ships on the east and west coasts.

The Perth-based company, which built the Independence-class LCS (pictured) at its Mobile, Alabama shipyard, today announced that it has been awarded contracts to support LCS warships as master from home in Mayport, Florida.

Work includes dry-docking, repairs, ongoing maintenance, vessel assessments, corrosion control and facility maintenance.

This is in addition to recently announced contracts, including promotion to prime contractor status, for West Coast vessels.

The contracts continue the expansion of its US maintenance and support operations, which now include Mobile, San Diego, California and Mayport.

Austal also supports vessels operating in Southeast Asia departing from Singapore.

CEO Paddy Gregg said Austal is now able to support Independence-class aluminum LCS trimarans as well as Freedom-class steel-hulled LCS on the east and west coasts.

“The…contracts are in addition to Austal USA’s recent expansion of sustainment capability in Mobile, which includes recent additional waterfront property, covered ship repair facilities and a slipway. 20,000 ton floating dryer.”

Photo: US Navy/USS Independence departs San Diego

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