The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) patrols the South China Sea, March 20, 2020.
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) patrols the South China Sea, March 20, 2020.

Vigor Awarded US Navy Availability Contract for Littoral Combat Ships

The U.S. Navy has awarded Vigor, a docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract for both USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and USS Omaha (LCS 12). Both are Independence-class littoral combat ships and will go to Harbor Island in Seattle, Wash. for the DSRA. The award reflects the ongoing strong partnership between the Navy and Vigor, which is currently performing work on USS Chosin (CG 65) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) in Seattle, as well as USS McCampbell (DDG 85) in Portland, Ore. Additionally, Vigor recently began work on USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) at Pearl Harbor.

Both vessels will undergo similar work during the DSRA, as well as additional structural repairs throughout. Flight deck support stanchions will be replaced and the underwater hull will be painted. Jet drives will be overhauled; the main propulsion engines will receive a checkup and overhaul; and several ancillary systems will be repaired. Regular Planned Maintenance (PMAV) will also be conducted during the availability. Vigor will begin work on Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) in June, and USS Omaha (LCS 12) in September. Approximately 165 employees are expected to work on the ships during their stays. The overall contract for both vessels is valued at up to $110 million.

The Independence Class littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS 12) transits the Pacific Ocean during a Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) composite training unit exercise.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Langholf/RELEASED)

Vigor is a values-driven, diversified industrial business operating in eight locations with 2,300 people in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Built around a collection of powerful, unique assets and differentiated capabilities, Vigor excels at specialized shipbuilding, ship repair and handling important, complex projects in support of energy generation, our nation’s infrastructure and national defense. With deep respect for people and the planet, Vigor strives to be a positive, regenerative force for good – environmentally, in the lives of its employees and in the community.

A family of bicoastal leaders in ship repair, ship modernization, marine and complex fabrication services, Titan Acquisition Holdings was formed by global investment firm The Carlyle Group and private equity firm Stellex Capital Management following their 2019 acquisition of MHI Holdings and Vigor. Titan is the parent company of Vigor, operating in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and Alaska; MHI, based in Norfolk, Virginia; and Continental Maritime of San Diego (CMSD) in California. Notable Titan family customers include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy, Military Sealift Command, Maritime Administration, U.S. Army, local and state ferry systems, and commercial ship owners.

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) patrols the South China Sea, March 20, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brenton Poyser/Released)