Philly Shipyard wins contract for hospital ship design study

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(PHILADELPHIA) – Philly Shipyard has been awarded a contract to conduct the T-AH(X) hospital ship feasibility study for Gibbs and Cox, a Leidos Inc. company.

The six-month design study will cover a solution for preliminary designs to replace the two current hospital ships – USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort – owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Military Sealift Command (MSC). Philly Shipyard will subcontract to Vard Marine to provide engineering and technical services for this effort.

“This contract win highlights our commitment to pursuing and securing work in the government market,” said Steinar Nerbovik, Philly Shipyard president and CEO. “Along with our current commercial and government backlog of shipbuilding projects, we have completed previous design studies for the U.S. Navy and are very interested in pursuing government opportunities that fit our production delivery cycles and skill sets. We are excited and grateful to team up, once again, with Vard Marine on this important industry study.”

Philly Shipyard and Vard will leverage design work performed as part of a special study completed for the U.S. Navy’s Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform (CHAMP) program, which was won in 2019.

– Philly Shipyard

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USNS Mercy off the coast of Papua New Guinea in 2015. U.S. Navy photo
By Rich Miller