Wicker, Hyde-Smith and Palazzo Praise Navy Contracts for Work on Gulf Coast – Press Releases
WASHINGTON –US Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., And Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., As well as Representative Steven Palazzo, R-Miss, today welcomed the award of two US Navy contracts for work related to shipbuilding in the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The Navy awarded a five-year, $ 54.3 million contract to United States Marine, Inc. (USMI) of Gulfport to build up to 35 11-meter special-warfare semi-rigid inflatable boats, with work at perform at Gulfport and Corinth. Seventy-five percent of a $ 9.2 million contract with Rolls Royce Marine North America for Virginia-class submarine thrusters will be executed at Pascagoula.
“I am happy to see United States Marine Inc. and Rolls Royce Marine selected for this work. A strong Coast Guard and Navy will be essential to securing American freedom and prosperity for years to come, and skilled Mississippi manufacturers are well equipped to meet these needs, ” Wicker noted.
“The Navy’s contracts with USMI and Rolls Royce will not only use Mississippi Gulf Coast shipbuilding expertise for our national security. They will also consolidate a growing economy in southern Mississippi through investment and job growth ”, Hyde smith noted.
“Access to the Mississippi Strait and the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to the unparalleled skills and experience of our southern Mississippi workforce, make our great state strategically qualified to produce class warships.” global. Our shipbuilding industry creates jobs, stimulates our local economy and supports our US military at sea. I am proud of the invaluable contribution of southern Mississippi to the naval and national security of our country, and I am always happy to see investments like these that make our continued success possible, ”said Palace.
The USMI contract also includes the delivery of trailers, accessories, spares and other technical support materials for the ships, which will be awarded to the United States Coast Guard and allied foreign governments. The work is expected to be completed by September 2026.
The Rolls Royce contract provides for the delivery of up to seven sets of Virginia-class thruster rotors, bucket bar sets and associated technical support services through May 2025. The contract includes options which, if they were exercised, would amount to a cumulative value of $ 35.8 million. with works extending until October 2029.
Last July, the US Department of Defense invested $ 22 million in funding for the CARES Act to support the installation of advanced machine tools at the Rolls-Royce Naval Foundry and Machining Center in Pascagoula.