Marinette Marine Awarded $6-Million Navy Contract

Marinette Marine Corporation has been awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command a contract modification for the construction of three additional Torpedo Weapon Retrievers. Total value of the contract modification exceeds $6 million.

The three vessel option is a part of an existing contract for the construction of five TWR's which was awarded to MMC in July of this year. The TWR class vessel is a totally new design developed by Marinette Marine to replace the Navy's aging existing TWR vessels.

The TWR craft are utilized by the Navy for recovering spent torpedoes, missiles, small drones and mobile targets fired during weapons systems tests of all submarines and combatant ships. The newly designed vessel is capable of staying on station for a week in support of these tests, thus avoiding long delay times for ships, caused in the past by smaller boats having to return to base at night and then return to the test site the next day.

The TWR vessel will be 120 feet in length with a beam of 25 feet, depth of 12 feet and approximate displacement of 213 tons. Accommodations are provided for a complement of 18 persons. The vessel is entirely steel construction, 2,000 hp, with twin screws driving fixedpitch propellers. The TWR has a design speed of 16 knots and a range of 1,700 nautical miles.

Construction on the TWR contract begins in late 1983, while delivery of the three additional TWR craft is scheduled to begin in July of 1985.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Nov 1983 New York

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