Philly Shipyard Inc. recently announced it was awarded a contract to conduct the T-AH(X) hospital ship feasibility study for Gibbs & Cox

Over a period of six months, the study will focus on developing preliminary designs for replacing the current Navy hospital ships, the Mercy and Comfort, both operated by the Military Sealift Command (MSC). To accomplish this, Philly Shipyard will subcontract Vard Marine Inc. (VARD) to provide engineering and technical services.

“Along with our current commercial and government backlog of shipbuilding projects, we have completed previous design studies for the U.S. Navy and are very interested in pursuing government opportunities that fit our production delivery cycles and skill sets," Steinar Nerbovik, president and CEO of Philly Shipyard, said in a statement.

Philly Shipyard and VARD will leverage their prior design work from the special study conducted for the Navy's Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform (CHAMP) program, which they secured in 2019.