MOBILE, Alabama — Austal USA marked the beginning of a new era at its Mobile shipyard with the Tuesday opening of a state-of-the-art facility for the production of steel ships for the U.S. Navy and other customers.
The addition of steel shipbuilding capability complements the company’s aluminium shipbuilding expertise at its Alabama manufacturing site.
“We are so excited to see our plans to add steel to our capabilities come to fruition,” Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh said. “The addition of steel capability is a game changer as it opens up our capability to support the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and other customers with high-quality ships.“
Governor Kay Ivey joined Austal leaders and other guests, including representatives of the Navy, Coast Guard and the Embassy of Australia, at a ceremony on Tuesday to formalize the opening of the steel facility.