The following is the text of a news release from Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM):
(MARINETTE, Wis.) — Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a contract for two additional response boats-medium (RB-Ms) by the U.S. Coast Guard. The two boats are part of a foreign military sale to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Delivery is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017.
This award brings the total number of RB-Ms to 176 built by Team RB-M, originally formed by FMM and Kvichak Marine. FMM will act as the prime contractor and program manager. The new boats will be upgraded for the Jordanian Navy’s specific mission requirements and the challenging operational environment. These two vessels will be constructed by Vigor in one of its Seattle, Wash., facilities.
“Fincantieri Marinette Marine and Vigor take great pride in supplying the RB-M. The vessel’s proven track record, performance, and flexibility make it an excellent platform for near-shore security,” said Jan Allman, president and CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine. “We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard, and developing a new partnership with Jordan.”