Metal Shark wins Navy contract for more patrol boats

(JEANERETTE, La.) — Metal Shark is one of two builders awarded a seven-year U.S. Navy indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract worth up to $290 million to produce up to 73 “40 PB” patrol boats for Naval Expeditionary Combat Command.

Designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team specifically for the Navy, the 40-foot vessel has been built by Metal Shark since award of the 40 PB Flight 1 contract in 2017. With the Flight 2 award, 40 PB production will continue in force at Metal Shark’s south Louisiana production facilities. ReconCraft of Clackamas, Ore., was also awarded a 40 PB Flight 2 contract.

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“Winning 40 PB Flight 2 is a huge win for the entire Metal Shark family, our suppliers, and the state of Louisiana,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “We have developed our processes, built our facilities, and grown and trained our team specifically to accommodate high volume, rapid and repeatable, high quality, serialized construction of complex vessels like 40 PB. With the award of Flight 2 we will continue to showcase the skills of our Louisiana workforce while supplying these important combatant craft to our fighting forces.”

Metal Shark is still building 14 40 PB vessels under the 40 PB Flight 1 IDIQ, with 42 units delivered to date. With the award of Flight 2, the Navy has placed an initial, immediate order for an additional two vessels from Metal Shark, which will be delivered in 2025. Under the terms of the award, Metal Shark will supply spares, training, engineering and technical support in addition to the vessels.

Visually distinctive thanks to its chiseled, angular profile and a unique faceted hull, the 40 PB is a ballistic-protected combatant craft powered by twin diesel inboards and waterjets. Metal Shark designed a moderate aft deadrise, wide-waterplane, sharp-entry hull form that achieves sprint speeds of more than 35 knots while displaying superb dynamic stability in a range of conditions. It also offers enhanced handling and greatly reduced operating cost at the 10-15 knot escort and cruise speeds where the vessel spends the bulk of its operational life.

The 40 PB features an advanced C4ISR suite and can be armed with a range of crew-served and remotely operated weapons systems.

“Winning 40 PB in 2017 was a crowning achievement for Metal Shark, and we are equally honored to have received this Flight 2 award as evidence of the Navy’s continued trust in us today,” said Allard. “As a vital part of the defense industrial base Metal Shark proudly supports those who serve and protect. We are excited to continue supplying the world’s greatest Navy with world’s most advanced patrol boat.”

– Metal Shark

By Professional Mariner Staff