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PHILLY SHIPYARD BEGINS WORK ON FIRST OF FIVE MARITIME ACADEMY MULTI-MISSION VESSELS

December 23rd 2020

Philly Shipyard last week began work on the first of five multi-mission vessels slated to replace the aging training ships used by maritime academies around the country.

As part of the initial stages of construction, the yard began cutting steel for the first of the National Security Multi-Mission Vessels.

In addition to providing training for America’s future mariners, the NSMVs will be available to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

Funding has been secured for the first three vessels and Philly Shipyard has received the orders for the first two ships.

The first vessel in the series will replace the almost 60-year-old SUNY training ship EMPIRE STATE VI.

The second will replace the 53-year-old TS KENNEDY at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

In a statement, Philly Shipyard said the first vessel will be ready for delivery by early 2023.

The NSMVs will have numerous instructional spaces and a full training bridge.

There will be space for up to 600 cadets to train at sea in a first-rate maritime academic environment.

Each ship will have hospital facilities, a helicopter pad, and the ability to accommodate up to 1,000 people in times of humanitarian need.

The vessels will also have roll-on/roll-off and container storage capacity for use in disaster relief missions.