Representatives from the U.S. Army and federal and local elected officials joined Vigor employees for a keel laying ceremony on September 17, 2019, celebrating the first milestone in the construction of the Army’s next generation landing craft, the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) or MSV(L).
The nearly billion dollar contract to build MSV(L) was awarded to Vigor in October, 2017. The new design, developed in partnership with BMT, dramatically improves the capabilities of the current LCM-8 and provides the optimal combination of performance, operational flexibility and life-cycle cost while maintaining the reliability and versatility of the Army’s current craft.
The event began with a warm welcome from Vigor CEO Frank Foti. Remarks were delivered by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler from Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Mayor of Vancouver, Timothy Goddette, U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support and COL (P) Jered P. Helwig, U.S. Army Chief of Transportation. COL (P) Helwig also gave the dedication honoring the service of SSG Elroy F. Wells.
The ceremonial weld marked not only the start of the MSV(L) program but also the beginning of a new era in shipbuilding at Vigor’s recently acquired state-of-the-art all Aluminum Fabrication facility in Vancouver. Vigor expects the site to employ up to 400 workers by 2023 building high performance military craft, workboats and aluminum fast ferries in addition to MSV(L).
Once the SSG Elroy F. Wells is completed and testing and refinements have occurred, the schedule calls for four vessels in the Low Rate Production phase, followed by up to 32 vessels once Full Rate Production is underway. Vigor’s MSV(L) team consists of a number of key partners including BMT, Gladding-Hearn and Northrop Grumman.
- Innovative tribow monohull form maximizes seakeeping, beached stability and provides speeds in excess of 21 knots/24 mph/39 km/h fully laden
- Exceptional seakeeping characteristics enhance crew comfort and reduce strain on payload
- Raised center jet and 4-foot (1.2-meter) draft fully laden enable landings on the shallowest beaches
- Simplicity of design improves platform availability, maintainability, and life-cycle cost
- The flexibility to maneuver in many different environments
- The ability to carry modern equipment into diverse littoral settings, up to and including a main battle tank
- Greater maneuver options in anti-access, area-denial environments
- Superior seakeeping and survivability
- No height constraints on payload
- Range of 360+ nautical miles/414+ miles/666.7 km
|Length (Overall)||117’0″ (35.6m)|
|Beam (Molded)||28’2” (8.6m)|
|Speed (Laden)||21 knots/24 mph/39 km/h|
|Speed (Unladen)||30+ knots/34.5+ mph/55.5 km/h|
|Range||360+ nautical miles/414+ miles/666.7 km|
|Main Engines||(3) @2,600 HP/1,939 kW|
|Other||Bi-fold bow ramp|
|Kedge anchor system|
|(2) CROWS II mount|
|Deck Area||1,697 feet sq/157.6 m sq|
|Max Capacity||82 ton|
|Anticipated Payloads||(1) main battle tank|
|(2) armored vehicle|
|Additional design payloads|
|Deck Features||Drive-through capability. Payload tie-down point grid|