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Austal Lays Keel for 3rd JHSV

by: Matthew Potter
May 7, 2012

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Austal America is the U.S. subsidiary of Australian high speed ferry and ship builder Austal. They have a yard in Mobile, AL and are currently working on two similar designed ships for the U.S. Navy. These are one of the two versions of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as well as the fast, mobile support ship, the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV).

These are both aluminum, trimarans based on ferry designs manufactured by Austal. The LCS is a small combatant also being built by Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Marinette Marine at a yard in Wisconsin that uses a more traditional design. Austal has so far received orders for 9 JHSV from the U.S. Navy. Last week they laid the keel for JHSV 3 while construction on JHSV 2, USNS Choctaw County, continues.

JHSV 1 is close to delivery and recently conducted builder trials.

The company also has orders for five LCS and has delivered their first, USS Independence (LCS 2). LCS 4, USS Coronado, is close to delivery and LCS 6 and 8 are under construction.

Austal has been quite successful in winning orders based on their trimaran fast ferries. Ultimately up to 10 JHSV and 20-25 LCS could be built by the company.

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