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February 1, 2008

BIW Rolls-Royce team gets JHSV prelim award

The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), one of three $3 million contracts to develop a preliminary design for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Program.

The two other teams awarded preliminary design contracts are Austal and a consortium led by Bollinger Shipyards that includes Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd. and the associated Revolution Design Pty Ltd. (See earlier story).

Work to be performed during the next six months by Bath Iron Works and its teammate Rolls-Royce includes the functional definition of the ship structure, systems and general arrangements of ship spaces.

The JHSV program is an effort between the U.S. Army and the Navy to acquire vessels for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment.

The JHSV program combines the Army's Theater Support Vessel (TSV) program with the Navy and Marine Corps High Speed Connector (HSC).

The Navy's Program Executive Office, Ships is conducting acquisition for both the Army and Navy, but each service will fund its own ships. After delivery, each service will be responsible for manning, maintaining, and providing full lifecycle support for their respective vessels.

The Navy plans to award a detail design and construction contract in the 4th Quarter of FY08.

The ship concept proposed by Bath Iron Works and Rolls-Royce is based on a Rolls-Royce NVC Design roll-on/roll-off passenger vessel. The steel monohull design features a combined diesel and gas turbine propulsion plant, water jets, self sustaining roll-on/roll-off and load-on/load-off capabilities, a large cargo area and a flight deck for helicopter operations.

Bath Iron Works President Dugan Shipway said, "We are extremely pleased that the Navy has selected the BIW/Rolls-Royce Team to further develop our JHSV concept. We have a strong relationship with the Rolls-Royce family that extends back to the very beginning of the DDG 51 program. This award allows us to bring the experience and success we have shared in the course of building 29 Aegis destroyers into this very important program. We're ready to get to work on more fully developing our concept and we're confident that we have an excellent solution for the needs of the Army and the Navy."

Many Ropax ferries from the NVC-Design portfolio are in service, operating in the 25-30 knot speed range. The illustration shows a new design for routes where higher speeds are economic, type-named P2500, capable of carrying 1,500 passengers and 600 lane-metres of trucks and cars at 42 knots loaded service speed.

A variant of this design can be specified for speeds up to 60 knots.

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