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Silver Ships Awarded U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Orders

Business View – February 2022 / Business News


Silver Ships special purpose craft.


Aluminum workboat builder and the Mobile Area Chamber’s 2021 Small Business of the year, Silver Ships Inc. was recently awarded an $8.2 million delivery order by the Naval Sea Systems Command for the construction and delivery of up to 110 Naval special warfare surface support craft and U.S. Coast Guard special purpose craft, law enforcement vessels.


Over the past 20 years, Silver Ships has constructed more than 650 rigid hull inflatable boats for all branches of the U.S. military. The U.S. Navy uses many of these vessels to support ship, aviation and Naval Special Warfare training and operational needs. All of the boats are highly versatile, rugged and designed to be operated in open ocean and near-coastal environments. Silver Ships began building the surface support crafts for the Navy in 2007.


“We are very proud to help contribute to the readiness of our nation’s Naval Special Warfare and Coast Guard forces,” said Shawn W. Lobree, Silver Ships federal contracts manager. “Quality, customer service and teamwork are very important to us, and we look forward to working with Navy and Coast Guard teams to build and deliver the five variants.” Lobree is a retired Navy captain and program manager for the project.


The new project entails construction of five different vessel variants and is based closely on Silver Ships’ in-service surface support crafts developed by the company’s in-house engineering design team, led by senior Naval architect Clay Danielson.


“We are honored to receive this contract. Being selected is a testament to the diligence and quality manufacturing that our small yet proud workforce produces,” said Steven Clarke, co-owner of Silver Ships. “We are pleased to have been selected to continue to deliver the best possible vessels to support the needs of the U.S. Navy and now the Department of Homeland Security. We look forward to continuing to grow our business and manufacturing output in the years to come.”


We are pleased to have been selected to continue to deliver the best possible vessels to support the needs of the U.S. Navy and now the Department of Homeland Security.”
Steven Clarke, co-owner of Silver Ships



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