Anaheim, Calif. – Nov. 11, 2014 – (Marine NewsWire) The U.S. Navy has awarded Willard Marine, Inc. a contract for a new generation of 11-meter RIBs for standard ship’s boat operations. To date, eight standard craft with an Open Center Console (OCC) configuration and two OCC LPD-17 class variants have been ordered.
This contract specifies Cummins QSB 6.7-liter 380-hp twin engines paired with Hamilton Jet HJ292 waterjets. Each vessel will have aft seating plus removable seating for additional people on the foredeck and all will be delivered with WING® inflatable tubes.
“Willard Marine is well-regarded for developing the most reliable heavy-duty, ruggedized commercial fiberglass hull available today, and we are committed to innovating the next generation of military RIBs that will perform reliably in the most challenging sea conditions while keeping our service men and women safe, ” stated Ulrich Gottschling, president and chief executive officer of Willard Marine, Inc.
Willard Marine has been providing the U.S. Navy with 11-meter RIBs since 2000, many of which have been deployed through their Foreign Military Sales (FMS) division. Additional vessels have been procured by the U.S. Coast Guard, also for their FMS division.
About Willard Marine
With more than five decades of design, engineering and manufacturing experience, Willard Marine has developed more than 20 types of world-class watercraft for the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Department of Homeland Security, as well as NOAA, foreign governments, and federal and local law enforcement agencies. Top achievements include RIB supplier to the U.S. Navy for more than 25 years; ISO 9001:2008 certification; and production of a wide range of U.S. Coast Guard-approved and certified SOLAS rescue boats. The company, based in Anaheim, Calif., and with an East Coast facility in Virginia Beach, Va., is privately held.