Marinette Marine Awarded $1-Million Minesweeper Phase II Design Contract

Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) has been notified by the Naval Sea System Command that it is being awarded one of two Phase II minesweeper hunter (MSH) design contracts. As a previous participant in the MSH Phase I preliminary design, MMC was one of four shipbuilders competing for the Phase II contracts. MMC completed Phase I earlier this year, and the resultant Phase II award was based upon the technical content of MMC's Phase I MSH design effort.

The MSH ship is a totally new class of vessel designated for U.S.

coastal water mine hunting and sweeping duty. MMC is developing this design through the efforts of its in-house engineering group, and such qualified teaming members as General Electric, Magnavox, Marconi, NKF Engineering and Research, Analysis and Management Corporation. MMC's design approach utilizes the glass reinforced plastic (GRP) hull technology of Intermarine, S.p.A. of Italy, a world-renowned producer of fiberglass minesweepers. Designed as a low-cost, highly effective multimission mine hunting and sweeping vessel, the MMC ship will provide the Navy with a greatly expanded U.S. defense capability.

Navy plans for the MSH program require MMC to complete the $1,000,000 Phase II MSH contract design in 8V2 months, with the anticipated award of the detail design and lead ship construction contract scheduled for August 1984.

The Navy intends to obtain 17 vessels of the new MSH class over a multi-year procurement cycle.

MMC currently has under contract the construction of the Navy's new Mine Countermeasure (MCM) class vessel. The continuation of the MSH design program provides MMC with the opportunity to become one of the leading producers of state-of-the-art minesweepers worldwide.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 5,  Jan 1984

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