Navy Awards Initial Design Contracts For Sealift Ships

The award of contracts to develop concept designs for strategic sealift medium-speed, roll-on/rolloff ships of two sizes, 950 feet and 700 feet, was recently announced by the U.S. Navy.

Nine shipyards received contracts, each of which carries a value of about $250,000.

The yards (in alphabetical order) are as follows: Alabama Shipyard, Mobile, Ala.; Avondale Industries, New Orleans, La.; Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; Halter Marine, Gulfport, Miss.; Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.; Los Angeles Shipyard Corporation, Los Angeles, Calif.; National Steel & Ship building, San Diego, Calif.; Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.; Tampa Shipyards, Tampa, Fla.

The request for preliminary designs came in anticipation of a Pentagon mobility requirements study due this month, a Navy official said.

That study will define more clearly the mix of new and used vessels and aircraft needed for military sealift operations.

The design phase, which should be completed by the end of the year, will be followed by the Navy matching the designs to the requirements specified in the study, then seeking bids for engineering designs in the spring.

About 22 to 45 additional sealift vessels will be needed, according to estimates.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Nov 1991

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