The following is the text of a news release from Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG):
(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded Fincantieri Marine Group two contracts to provide design studies and analyses services in support of the landing craft-utility (LCU) and in support of a new class of towing, salvage and rescue ship, T-ATS(X).
FMG is the United States division of Fincantieri, the largest shipbuilder in the Western world, employing around 19,500 shipbuilding professionals in 21 shipyards in 13 countries on four continents.
For LCU, the scope of work will include technical solutions for the future LCU, including identifying affordability initiatives for reducing acquisition and ownership costs; the use of existing low-risk technology components; ensuring that the LCU is compatible with all existing amphibious ship well deck configurations; and to ensure lowest total acquisition and ownership costs over the service life of the vessel.
For ATS(X), the scope of work will include the modification of an existing commercial vessel design to meet Navy requirements. Design modifications will place emphasis on the use of commercially available and proven technologies in order to reduce acquisition and ownership costs, and to maximize vessel reliability, maintainability and supportability.
FMG President and CEO Francesco Valente commented on the company’s real-world experience and engineering expertise: “Our experience in building 17 legacy LCU vessels and seven Powhatan-class tugs for the U.S. Navy, combined with the Fincantieri resources of more than 1,000 engineers worldwide — including over 100 in the U.S. — uniquely positions us to provide comprehensive and cost-effective solutions for each of these new platforms."
FMG has a long history of designing and building ships for the U.S. Navy, Army and Coast Guard and is the builder of the Freedom-class littoral combat ship at its Marinette, Wis., shipyard.