Austal USA celebrated the beginning of development on the corporate’s first metal ship at the moment – a U.S. Navy Navajo Class Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ship (T-ATS 11). The milestone was noticed throughout a ceremony at which Congressman Jerry Carl, U.S. consultant for Alabama’s first district, and Rear Admiral Thomas J. Anderson, U.S. Navy’s program government officer for ships spoke alongside Austal USA Vice President of New Development, Dave Growden. Congressman Jerry Carl and Rear Adm. Tom Anderson each remarked on the significance of Austal USA’s emergence within the metal market and spoke to the standard of Austal USA constructed ships.

“It looks as if solely yesterday we have been breaking floor on our metal shipbuilding facility and right here we’re, just a little over a 12 months later, starting development on our first metal ship. Our shipbuilders are excited to display how successfully their expertise and our confirmed processes translate to metal manufacturing,” Dave Growden stated.


“Congratulations to Austal USA for beginning development on the corporate’s first metal ship! This announcement is nice information for Austal USA, south Alabama, and the protection pursuits of the USA. Due to our top-notch workforce and robust shipbuilding monitor document alongside the Gulf Coast, Austal USA is now offering world-class metal ships for the U.S. Navy,” stated Rep. Jerry Carl.

Austal held a ceremony to mark the start of its first metal ship T-ATS 11’s development for the US Navy. (Photograph by Austal)

The Navajo-class offers ocean-going tug, salvage, and rescue capabilities to help fleet operations. T-ATS replaces and fulfills the capabilities that have been beforehand offered by the Fleet Ocean Tug (T-ATF 166) and Rescue and Salvage Ships (T-ARS 50) class ships. The Navajo class is a category of Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ships of the USA Navy. They have been ordered in 2017 because the deliberate alternative for the getting old Safeguard-class rescue and salvage ships and Powhatan-class tugboats. In October 2021, Austal had been awarded a $145 million contact to construct of two Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ships (T-ATS 11 and 12), and choices for as much as three further T-ATS ships.

Austal’s new 170,000 sq. foot enclosed metal manufacturing facility homes state-of-the-art computerized and robotic metal processing tools. The brand new facility will function utilizing Austal’s confirmed ship manufacturing processes and modern strategies that incorporate lean manufacturing ideas, modular development, and shifting meeting strains. Modules for T-ATS can be constructed within the new metal manufacturing facility earlier than being transported to the ultimate meeting corridor to be erected. T-ATS will present ocean-going tug, salvage, and rescue capabilities to help U.S. fleet operations and can be a multi mission widespread hull platform able to towing heavy ships. Supply of T-ATS 11 is deliberate for late 2024.