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Pascagoula, Miss., Dec. 22, 2020 – Halter Marine is teaming with Gibbs & Cox, Inc., on the U.S. Navy’s contract to perform design studies for the development of the Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV). The LUSV studies contract has an anticipated completion date of August 2021 with an option for additional studies, which would extend the forecasted completion date to May 2022.

Halter Marine will provide shipbuilding expertise to complement the naval architecture and marine engineering of Gibbs & Cox.

”We are honored to be part of the Gibbs & Cox team participating in the Navy’s LUSV studies contract,” said Bob Merchent, President and CEO of Halter Marine. ”We are currently working together on other contracts, and I have every confidence that our team will advise and enhance the ultimate design to most effectively implement the Navy’s current mission.”

Halter Marine is partnered with Gibbs & Cox on the Navy’s contract for industrial studies for the auxiliary general ocean surveillance ship (T-AGOS(X)) program as well as phase 1 preliminary/contract design for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s AGOR Variant (NAV).

The LUSV will be a high-endurance ship able to accommodate various payloads for unmanned missions to augment the Navy’s manned surface force, according to the Navy’s program summary. Plans call for a vessel about 200 to 300 feet long that can function either partially or completely autonomously.


Halter Marine, the marine operations of ST Engineering North America, is based in Pascagoula, Miss., and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels, auxiliaries, and research and survey vessels. Please visit

ST Engineering North America is the U.S. headquarters of ST Engineering, a global technology and engineering group, providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems, and marine sectors. Within the US, we have major operations in 17 cities across 13 states and more than 5,000 employees, providing innovative products and services across these diverse market segments.

Media contacts:

Liz Johnson
Marketing and Communications Manager
Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228.696.6821

Guy Shields
Director, Corporate Communications
ST Engineering North America
Phone: (1) 703.399.2769

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