Philly Shipyard Receives Hospital Ship Design Study Contract Ship’s crew

Philly Shipyard, Inc. has announced it has been awarded a contract to conduct a six-month feasibility study for the US Navy’s new hospital ship T-AH(X).

The T-AH(X) are to replace the two current hospital ships USNS grace and USNS comfortowned by the US Navy and operated by the Military Sealift Command (MSC).

The design study is being carried out for the shipbuilding company Gibbs & Cox. Philly Shipyard will contract Vard Marine Inc. to provide engineering and technical services.

“This order win underscores our commitment to pursuing and securing orders in the government market,” said Steinar Nerbovik, President and CEO of Philly Shipyard. “In addition to our current commercial and government backlog of shipbuilding projects, we have completed previous design studies for the US Navy and are keen to pursue government opportunities that fit our production delivery cycles and capabilities. We are pleased and grateful to once again be working with Vard Marine on this important industry study.”

Philly Shipyard and VARD will use design work from a special study conducted for the US Navy’s CHAMP program as the basis for their future work.

The hospital ship T-AH(X) is distinct from the Navy’s Expeditionary Medical Ship (EMS(X)) known as the Bethesda-class Expeditionary Medical Ship. Compared to their predecessors USNS Mercy And USNS comfortThe EMS vessels are designed to have a shallower draft and faster operating speed, allowing them to reach shallower ports and deliver supplies faster.

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