MARINETTE, WI. – Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) and Vigor (Team RB-M) announced the delivery of the first three on a six vessel RB-M contract to the US Coast Guard. The boats are part of a Foreign Military Sale to The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Coast Guard. Hulls four through six are expected to ship in 2020. A total of 182 RB-Ms have been built by Team RB-M.
FMM was the prime contractor and program manager. Vigor fabricated the vessels at its Seattle, Washington facility using high temp resistant aluminum. The RB-M’s were upgraded with an Arabian Gulf hot weather package that includes additional air conditioning, thermal insulation and an aft deck GRP canopy. Their primary missions are patrol and search and rescue.
“We’re proud to support the U.S. Coast Guard as they assist allies and partners worldwide through the foreign military sales program,” said Jan Allman, CEO of FMM. “Our work with Vigor has been good for both companies and the Coast Guard, but more importantly, it has given our international partners the highest quality, dependable, response boats made in America.”
“Vigor is honored to provide the Bahrain Coast Guard (BCG) with vessels that consistently deliver proven performance in the most extreme weather conditions. We are confident they will help BCG effectively achieve its important mission objectives in the Arabian Gulf.” said Bill Blount, Vigor Director, International Sales.
Key features of the boats include a 92000 BTU HVAC system, Rolls Royce Kamewa FF375S waterjets and two MTU series 60, 825 BHP engines.
About Fincantieri Marinette Marine
Fincantieri is the leading western shipbuilder with a rich history dating back more than 234-years and a track record of building more than 7,000 ships. Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) is the American subsidiary of Fincantieri, and operates three Great Lakes Shipyards: Fincantieri Marinette Marine, builder of the Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship for the United States Navy; Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, specialists in construction, repair and conversion of USCG and commercial vessels, including ATBs and OSVs; and, Fincantieri ACE Marine, an aluminum construction facility and builder of the Response Boat-Medium for the USCG. Fincantieri Marine Group’s more than 2,100 steelworkers, craftsman, engineers and technicians in the United States specialize in the design and construction of high speed coastal intercept and patrol vessels produced in partnership with shipyards across the country.
Vigor is a values-driven, diversified industrial business operating in seven locations with 2,300 people in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, USA. Built around a collection of powerful, unique assets and differentiated capabilities, Vigor excels at specialized building of high-performance marine vessels, ship repair and handling important, complex projects in support of our nation’s infrastructure and national defense. With deep respect for people and the planet, Vigor strives to be a positive, regenerative force for good – environmentally, in the lives of its employees and in the community. Vigor.net
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