Todd Awarded $30 Million By Navy To Modify First Aviation Support Vessel

Todd Shipyards Corporation reports that the U.S. Navy has exercised options amounting to $30 million authorizing Todd's Galveston Division to proceed with modification of the first of two vessels into Aviation Logistic Support Ships (T-AVB), and with advanced procurement of major long-lead items for the second vessel. The award follows completion of the $2.8-million detailed engineering and design phase started in May 1984.

The action put 100-150 tradesmen to work within a week, and will later provide jobs for 350-400 skilled personnel until the summer of 1986.

It is expected that the Navy will exercise the remaining $25-million option for modification of the second vessel late in 1985, which will provide a stable work load for another year.

The T-AVB program consists of conversion of two C5-6-78A Seabridge Class RO/RO-containerships into Aviation Logistic Support Ships. The ships have an overall length of 602 feet and a beam of 90 feet.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Jan 15, 1985

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