Austal Restricted is happy to announce that Austal USA has formally opened the corporate’s new state-of-the-art metal shipbuilding facility in Cellular, Alabama, enabling the simultaneous manufacturing of each aluminium and metal hulled ships. The ceremony celebrating the opening of the 11,000 sq. metre manufacturing facility was supported by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, United States Congressman Jerry Carl, Consultant for Alabama’s First Congressional District within the U.S. Home of Representatives, and practically 2 hundred company, together with representatives from america Navy; United States Coast Guard; Federal, State and Native Governments; and the Embassy of Australia.

Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh mentioned, “We’re so excited to see our plans so as to add metal to our capabilities come to fruition. The addition of metal functionality is a recreation changer because it opens up {our capability} to assist the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and different prospects with high-quality ships. We admire the boldness the Division of Protection and the Division of the Navy have proven in us with the award of the DPA grant, to assist get this mission began and look ahead to repaying that confidence with our future efficiency delivering high-quality metal ships. Austal USA will function our metal manufacturing line utilizing the identical lean manufacturing ideas that we’ve refined during the last 15 years constructing LCS and EPFs for the Navy.”


Navajo-class Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS)

The primary vessels to be constructed within the new metal facility will probably be two Navajo-class Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ships (T-ATS) for america Navy, which had been positioned below a US$144 million contract in October 2021. Financing for the brand new metal shipbuilding facility was offered partially by a Protection Manufacturing Act (DPA) Title III Settlement between america Division of Protection, and Austal USA. The settlement, valued at US$50 million, was introduced in June 2020. Austal USA matched these funds and invested an extra US$50 million into the completion of the metal facility. The brand new metal manufacturing facility consists of the most recent in computerised and robotic metal processing tools to deal with all the present and future calls for of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard.

A 6,000 sq. metre inventory yard will probably be utilised for dealing with the uncooked metal and a 2,000 sq. metre paint facility will present the flexibility to color and blast concurrently in two separate cells, or each cells could be mixed offering the flexibility to color super-modules. The addition of metal shipbuilding functionality enhances the corporate’s well-established aluminium shipbuilding experience, which incorporates the supply of 15 Independence-class Littoral Fight Ships (LCS) and 12 Spearhead-class Expeditionary Quick Transports (T-EPF) to america Navy. The corporate has an additional seven ships presently below building on the shipyard in Cellular, Alabama.

 Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS)
Independence-class Littoral Fight Ships (LCS)