Silver Ships Inc. was recently awarded an $8.2 million contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command for the construction and delivery of up to 110 Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Surface Support Craft (SSC) and Coast Guard Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement (SPC-LE) vessels, in addition to other accessories, parts and training.
The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the value of the contract to $51.6 million.
Over the past 20 years, Silver Ships has constructed more than 650 rigid hull inflatable boats (RIBs) for all branches of the U.S. military. Many of these vessels are used by the Navy to support ship, aviation and Naval Special Warfare training and operational needs.
Silver Ships began building the SSCs for the Navy in 2007. “Silver Ships is excited to receive this U.S. Navy contract award to build additional NSW SSC and now the USCG SPC-LE,” said Shawn W. Lobree, federal contracts manager, Silver Ships. “We are very proud to help contribute to the readiness of our nation’s NSW and Coast Guard forces."
Lobree is also the program manager for the project. The new project entails construction of five different vessel variants, all AMBAR series RIBs. The winning designs are based closely on Silver Ships’ in-service SSCs and were developed by the company’s in-house engineering design team. The craft will be built over the next five years.
The NSW SSCs are 8- and 11-meter aluminum deep-vee hulled boats with a protective collar. Variants of the SSC include both open center console and cabin versions. These craft are used from inland bays and waterways to deep water over-the-horizon transits, in all operating conditions and weather.
The Navy SSC vessels will support the Naval Special Warfare community via ocean diver and swimmer support, medical transport, vessel towing and water airdrop training, among other missions. The 11-meter craft has a multipurpose deck for carrying various payloads or mission gear. The 11-meter Coast Guard SPC-LE vessels are armed and will be operated in varying conditions along the length of the borders of the U.S. and the Caribbean. Typical SPC-LE missions involve intercepting suspicious vessels entering U.S. waters The boats will also be used for port security.
In addition to the Coast Guard, other agencies within the Department of Homeland Security will operate some of the boats.