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VT Halter Marine Appoints Robert A. Socha as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Estimating

Pascagoula, MS February 24, 2017 – VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) today announced the appointment of Robert A. Socha as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Estimating, effective January 30, 2017.

In his role, Robert is responsible for the company’s overall management and leadership of the company’s Business Development and Estimating Departments. He will work closely with other corporate functions, including Departments of Engineering, Production Control, Production and Purchasing Departments to offer solutions from design services through build strategy and construction program. 

“Robert’s thirty plus years as a senior level executive in business development and marketing as well as his experience in the offshore, shipbuilding, engineering and construction industries will be a great asset to VT Halter Marine,” said Paul Albert, CEO. “We’re very excited to have him join our team.”

Robert brings to the position with over thirty years of experience as a senior level executive in domestic and international sales, marketing, business development, public relations as well as deep industry knowledge of the offshore and inland shipbuilding, engineering/construction industries.  He has worked as Vice President at Mid-Gulf Shipping Company, Baker Marine Solutions and as Executive Vice President at Bollinger Shipyards in Louisiana. Robert also has previous experience as Assistant Division Manager at Tidewater Inc., North America and International Divisions. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University.

VT Halter Marine, Inc., a sixty-year tradition of designing and building the world's highest quality commercial and government vessels, is experienced in design, construction, and modifying vessels up to Panamax size. VT Halter is comprised of three modern shipyard facilities, an Engineering Department, and a 12,000 Metric Ton floating dry dock facility, located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast USA.

VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of VT Systems, is based inPascagoula,Mississippi and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in theUnited States. VT 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 and survey vessels. Please visit

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit

Media contacts:

Merdith Foster
Manager, Business Development
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899

Kimberly Miles
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703.739.2610
Fax: (1) 703.739.2611