Vigor lays keel for Army’s next-generation landing craft

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The following is text of a news release from Vigor:

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Representatives from the U.S. Army and federal and local elected officials joined Vigor employees for a keel-laying ceremony Monday, celebrating the first milestone in the construction of the Army’s next-generation landing craft, the maneuver support vessel (light), or MSV(L). 

The nearly $1 billion contract to build MSV(L) was awarded to Vigor in October 2017. The new design, developed in partnership with BMT, dramatically improves the capabilities of the current LCM-8 and provides the combination of performance, operational flexibility and life-cycle cost while maintaining the reliability and versatility of the Army’s current craft.

The event began with a welcome from Vigor CEO Frank Foti. Remarks were delivered by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler from Washington’s 3rd Congressional District; Anne McEnerny-Ogle, mayor of Vancouver; Timothy Goddette, U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support; and Col. Jered P. Helwig, U.S. Army chief of transportation. Helwig also gave the dedication honoring the service of Staff Sgt. (SSG) Elroy F. Wells.

The ceremonial welds performed by Beutler and Helwig marked not only the start of the MSV(L) program, but also the beginning of a new era in shipbuilding at Vigor’s recently acquired all-aluminum fabrication facility in Vancouver. Vigor expects the site to employ up to 400 workers by 2023 building high-performance military craft, workboats and aluminum fast ferries in addition to the MSV(L). 

Once SSG Elroy F. Wells is completed and testing and refinements have occurred, the schedule calls for four vessels in the low rate production phase, followed by up to 32 vessels once full rate production is underway. Vigor’s MSV(L) team consists of a number of key partners including BMT, Gladding-Hearn and Northrop Grumman.

By Professional Mariner Staff