BAE Systems launched the first of four platform supply vessels for Jackson Offshore Operators yesterday. The PSVs will support drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The PSV moved swiftly and safely into the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Fla.

The launch ceremony for the 252'x60' Breeze included representatives from both companies, including Lee Jackson, chairman and chief executive officer of Jackson Offshore.

“This is a great day for our company,” said Jackson. “It is exactly what we envisioned when we selected BAE Systems for this project. They are excellent partners, share the same values and principles, such as safety, and they are committed to providing high quality vessels that meet our stringent requirements as well as those of our customers.”

The Breeze will remain at BAE Systems’ Jacksonville shipyard to complete construction and outfitting prior to delivery in May. The second 252'x60' PSV, Hull 256, will be delivered in September. Two additional vessels are under contract and will be completed in 2015.


“This is a significant milestone not only for this project but for our commercial shipbuilding operation,” said Tom Young, director of BAE Systems’ Jacksonville shipyard. “We have a strong and talented team of dedicated employees who demonstrate their commitment to our customers each day. We also value our partnership with Jackson Offshore and appreciate their confidence in our ability and our team.”

Each Jackson Offshore PSV will be qualified under the U.S. Jones Act and will support the company’s expanding business base in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

BAE is also building two PSVs at its Mobile, Ala., shipyard and is under contract to build a subsea support vessel for offshore drilling operations.