Marinette Marine Awarded $51.8-Million Navy Contract To Build Another MCM

Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wise., has been awarded a $51.8-million contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command for construction of one additional mine countermeasures ship, the MCM-7.

Marinette previously was awarded Navy contracts totaling $88 million for construction of two other ships of this class, the Defender (MCM-2) and the Champion (MCM-4). Both of these vessels are currently well advanced in their construction, with the Defender scheduled for delivery in 1987 and the Champion in 1988.

The MCM-7 is scheduled for the fall of 1989 delivery.

This Avenger Class is the first new mine countermeasures ship developed by the Navy in nearly 30 years. It represents one of the most sophisticated and capable ships of its type ever built in the world. The ability of the MCM ships to hunt, neutralize, and sweep mines in U.S.

waters and overseas areas, including all potential sea lane choke points, will provide U.S. naval forces with a formidable defensive platform.

The MCM ship is 224 feet long with a beam of 39 feet, and displaces approximately 1,200 long tons. The ship is constructed entirely of wood.

This wood structure is a combination of laminated oak framing, Douglas fir planking, and Douglas fir deck sheathing. The superstructure is a combination of laminated and solid woods. The entire ship is covered with GRP fiberglass for environmental protection.

Marinette will build the newly contracted MCM in its $7.1-million Ship Erection Facility that was designed and built specifically to accommodate the MCM ship construction program. Utilizing the expansive twin fabrication bays, two MCMs can be completed prior to being moved to the waterfront for launching.

The new MCM ship contract award will provide a continuation of employment for the Marinette personnel currently working on the program.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 20,  Oct 1986 Louisiana

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