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US Navy’s First Navajo-Class T-ATS Launched By Bollinger

NAVAJO T-ATS 6, first of a new class of towing, salvage & rescue ships for the US Navy's Military Sealift Command, was launched 24 May at Bollinger Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana.

Posted on May 31, 2023

The event took place on 24 May 2023 at the Bollinger shipyard in Houma, Louisiana. Bollinger shipyards is under contract to build four more Navajo-class T-ATS while Austal USA (located nearby in Mobile) is set to build five ship of the class.

The T-ATS platform replaces and fulfills the capabilities that were previously provided by the Powhatan-class Fleet Ocean Tug (T-ATF 166) and Safeguard-class Rescue and Salvage Ships (T-ARS 50) class ships.

In addition to USNS Navajo (T-ATS 6), Bollinger is constructing USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7), USNS Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek (T-ATS 8), USNS Lenni Lenape (T-ATS 9) and USNS Muscogee Creek Nation (T-ATS 10).

About the Navajo-class

The Navajo-class is a new series of towing, salvage and rescue ships (T-ATS) being constructed for the U.S. Navy. The Navajo-class is a multi-mission common hull platform that will be deployed to support a range of missions such as towing, rescue, salvage, humanitarian assistance, oil spill response and wide-area search and surveillance operations using unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The vessels will replace the existing Powhatan-class T-ATF fleet ocean tugs and Safeguard-class T-ARS rescue and salvage ships in service with the US Military Sealift Command.


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