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VT Halter Marine Announces Appointment of John J. Prendergast, III Executive Vice President

Edward Szeto - Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pascagoula, Miss., December 26, 2012 -- VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), is pleased to announce the appointment of Rear Admiral (Ret.) John J. Prendergast, III to the position of Executive Vice President (EVP).

Prendergast will be responsible for a broad range of functions including Government Contracts, Organizational Excellence, Human Resources and DoD/DHS Interface, Procurement and Inventory Management.

Prendergast grew up in Philadelphia, and was a 1975 graduate of Palatine High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a Master of Science in Management with a subspecialty in contract and acquisition management. Prendergast is also a graduate of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) Executive Education Program.

Prendergast spent over 30 years in the Navy. He earned his Navy commission in 1979 through the Naval ROTC Program at the University of Notre Dame. He served on board the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (SSBN 656); Submarine Squadron 1; USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). He also served ashore in a variety of challenging assignments including the Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, and as the Commanding Officer of the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Jacksonville, Fla.

Prendergast was selected to Rear Admiral in 2004, and was assigned as Deputy Commander (Logistics), U.S. Pacific Fleet. He subsequently served as the Vice Director for Logistics (VJ-4) on the Joint Staff, Washington, DC.

While on active duty, RADM Prendergast's personal awards included the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and various campaign and unit awards. He was the recipient of the 1989 Navy League Award for outstanding support of the operational forces of the U.S. Navy and was awarded the Naval Supply Systems Command Award for Academic Excellence.

Upon his retirement from the Navy, Prendergast was named as the Director, Sustainment Business Operations for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter within Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.

He is married to the former Mary Ellen (Mimi) Slaght of Rocky River, Ohio. They have three sons, John, a U.S. Navy pilot flying the E-2C Hawkeye with VAW-113; Brian, a consultant working for Accenture; and Mark, an eighth grader.

"I am excited to announce the appointment of Jack Prendergast to our Executive Management Leadership Team. In this position Jack's knowledge and expertise will be of great benefit to the continued success of VT Halter Marine."
~ Bill SKINNER
Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine


VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com

Media Contacts:
Leslie Rose
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com

VT Halter Marine Delivers Evening Star, 112' ATB Tug, for Bouchard Transportation

Edward Szeto - Friday, October 19, 2012

Pascagoula, Miss., October 19, 2012 -- VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the delivery of the 112 foot ATB Offshore Tug, Evening Star, for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard). This tug is similar to others built for Bouchard in previous years by Halter Marine.

Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel began in June 2011 at VT Halter Marines Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Miss. Upon delivery, the Evening Star will enter into Bouchard's fleet service in New York, N.Y.

"Bouchard Transportation Co, Inc. is pleased to have taken delivery of another well built VT Halter Marine tug boat. Bouchard enjoys a thirty year old relationship with Halter, who has continuously built vessels that meet and exceed Bouchard standards. The Evening Star will be pinned to the newly built B.No.250 and operate on the East Coast. Bouchard looks forward to future successful building programs with VT Halter Marine in the near future."
~ Morton S. BOUCHARD III
President/CEO, Bouchard Transportation

"VT Halter Marine is proud to deliver this quality-built ATB Offshore Tug to our long-standing and valued customer, Bouchard Transportation."
~ Bill SKINNER
Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine


VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media Contacts:
Leslie Rose
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com

VT Halter Marine Partners with DCNS to Offer OPC Solution for U.S. Coast Guard

Edward Szeto - Monday, October 01, 2012

Pascagoula, Miss., October 1, 2012 -- VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced its partnership agreement with DCNS to submit a proposal to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the design and construction of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC). VT Halter Marine will be the prime contractor and DCNS will be its exclusive subcontractor for the OPC platform design.

USCG stated in its Request for Proposal for the OPC released on September 25, 2012, that it anticipates to acquire as many as 25 OPCs to replace an aging fleet of 28 Medium Endurance Cutters consisting of 14 Reliance class cutters (210ft/64m) built between 1964 and 1969, 13 Famous class cutters (270ft/82m) built between 1983 and 1991, and one Alex Haley class cutter (282ft/86m) built in 1964.

"VT Halter Marine is very pleased with the partnership agreement we have with DCNS. We are positive that the innovative OPC design proposed by VT Halter Marine and DCNS will be the most suitable and cost effective solution for the U.S. Coast Guard."
~ Bill SKINNER
Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine

"This agreement reflects DCNS' commitment to a long-term partnership with VT Halter Marine in order to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with a capable and cost effective solution."
~ Pierre LEGROS
SVP Surface Ships & Naval Systems, DCNS


DCNS believes that the sea is this planet's future. DCNS is inventing high-tech solutions to sustainably secure and develop its potential. DCNS is a world leader in naval defence and an innovative player in energy. The Group's success as an advanced technology company with global reach is built on meeting customer needs by deploying exceptional know-how and unique industrial resources. DCNS designs, builds and supports submarines and surface combatants. It also proposes services for naval shipyards and bases. Last but not least, DCNS offers a range of solutions in civil nuclear engineering and marine renewable energy. DCNS is committed to sustainable development and was one of the first defence contractors to win Group-wide certification to ISO 14001. In recognition of the success achieved by its DCNS Develops Talent knowledge sharing programme, DCNS was awarded the National award for corporate citizenship under the patronage of the Speaker of the French Senate. The Group employs 13,000 people and generates annual revenues of ¬2.6 billion. www.dcnsgroup.com

VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com

Media Contacts:
Leslie Rose
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com

Emmanuel Gaudez
DCNS
Phone: +33 (0)1 40 59 55 69
Fax: +33 (0)6 61 97 36 63
Email: emmanuel.gaudez@dcnsgroup.com

VT Halter Marine to Build Two Additional Offshore Support Vessels for Hornbeck Offshore Services

Edward Szeto - Thursday, September 06, 2012

Pascagoula, Miss., September 6, 2012 -- VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) has exercised the options for two additional Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV), valued at a total of US$89m with deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015.

VT Halter Marine announced on 18 November last year that it had secured the contract to construct eight 320ft long Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) for about US$353m with options for up to 24 additional identical vessels. These vessels are constructed in its yards at Moss Point Marine and Halter Moss Point with deliveries of the first and eighth vessels planned for in October 2013 and September 2014 respectively.

Based on VT Halter Marine's Super 320 design developed for HOS, these DP2 OSVs are designed to have approximately 20,800 bbls of liquid mud carrying capability, 12,116 sq. ft. of deck area, and a fire-fighting class notation. The design has been developed with particular attention to the most stringent regulations for environmental stewardship, including a double-hull that eliminates any fuel storage adjacent to the sideshell, and propulsion machinery that meets the requirementas of EPA Tier 3 for stack emissions.

"VT Halter Marine looks forward to continuing our strong relationship with Hornbeck. We truly value the trust that Hornbeck has in our shipbuilding capabilities."
~ Bill SKINNER
Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine


VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media Contacts:
Leslie Rose
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com

VT Halter Marine Partners with Homeland Security

Edward Szeto - Monday, April 09, 2012

Pascagoula, Miss., April 9, 2012 -- VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced it has become a member of the IMAGE program with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) provides businesses an opportunity to partner with the agency to develop a more secure and stable workforce.

Through its participation in the IMAGE program, VT Halter Marine establishes a formal partnership with law enforcement to follow best hiring practices as the program suggests and to implement staff training to comply with the high standards required by the program. In addition, the participation enables VT Halter Marine to use tools offered by the federal government to screen employees, such as E-Verify, which ensures they are lawfully authorized to work in the US.

"VT Halter Marine is committed to the protection of our workforce. By partnering with IMAGE, we are helping to ensuring a safer and more secure work environment for all of our employees."
~ Bill SKINNER
Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine


VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media Contacts:
Leslie Rose
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com

VT Halter Marine Sets Up Memorial Fund for Thibodeaux Family

Edward Szeto - Thursday, February 02, 2012

Pascagoula, Miss., February 2, 2012 -- VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the creation of a memorial fund for the family of Lee Boy Thibodeaux. Mr. Thibodeaux, 66, a Blaster/Painter A, employed with VTHM for nine years, will be remembered as a dedicated employee.

"Clearly, our hearts go out to the Thibodeaux family as we are assisting them in any way that we can. By starting a memorial fund for the family, we hope in some small way this will ease their burden at such a difficult time."
~ Bill SKINNER
Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine

Donations may be made to the Lee Boy Thibodeaux Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo branch along the Gulf Coast.


VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media Contacts:
Leslie Rose
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com

VT Halter Marine Signs $353.0m Contract for Construction of Eight Offshore Supply Vessels for Hornbeck Offshore Services

Edward Szeto - Friday, November 18, 2011

Pascagoula, Miss., November 18, 2011 -- VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the signing of a contract with Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) to construct eight Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV), valued at $353.0m. The contract also contains options for up to 24 additional identical vessels. The OSVs will be used to service offshore exploration.

Engineering work under the initial contract has begun and construction of the first vessel is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2012 with delivery planned for October 2013. Delivery of the eighth vessel is planned for September 2014. Construction of the 319-foot OSVs will take place at the Moss Point Marine and Halter Moss Point facilities.

These DP2 OSVs are designed to have approximately 20,900 bbls of liquid mud carrying capability, 11,863 sq. ft. of deck area, and a fire-fighting class notation. The design has been developed with particular attention to the most stringent regulations for environmental stewardship, including a double-hull that eliminates any fuel storage adjacent to the sideshell, and propulsion machinery that meets the requirements of EPA Tier 3 for stack emissions.

The first options for the additional vessels are required to be exercised by September 2012 and may be exercised individually or in a series. Delivery dates for option vessels are approximately 26 months following the option exercise.

"VT Halter Marine is very excited about this opportunity to team with Hornbeck and looks forward to continuing a long-lasting relationship."
~ Bill SKINNER
Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine


VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media Contacts:
Leslie Rose
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com

VT Halter Marine Delivers First of Three 750 Class Tank Barges for Crowley Maritime

Edward Szeto - Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Pascagoula, Miss., November 8, 2011 -- VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the delivery and christening of the first 750 Class Tank Barges built at its Mississippi-based Pascagoula yard. This tank barge, the largest ever built by VT Halter Marine, is the first of three 330,000-barrel barges to be built for Crowley Maritime Corporation's subsidiary, Vessel Management Services, Inc. With a deadweight of 45,000 LT, the 750 Class Tank Barges have a capacity of 330,000bbl -- about 78 percent more cargo handling capacity than those previously built by VT Halter Marine for Vessel Management Services.

The tank barge measures about 600 ft. long and 105.5 ft. wide, with a depth of about 54 ft. All three barges will feature the latest systems technology and double hulled for maximum safety and reliability. Besides the capability to transport refined products, the barges can also carry heated cargoes. The second and third barges are scheduled for delivery in August 2012 and March 2013, respectively.

"We are pleased to take delivery and put into service, the first barge in this 750 Class Tank Barges. These vessels are reflective of the productive relationship between VT Halter Marine and Crowley and will provide safe and reliable petroleum transportation for many years to come."
~ Ed SCHLUETER
Vice President, Vessel Management Services

"It is with great pride that we deliver the first in a series of three 750 Class Tank Barges. This is the largest barge ever built by VT Halter Marine. We truly value the continued trust Crowley Maritime Corporation has in our shipbuilding capabilities."
~ Bill SKINNER
Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine


VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media Contacts:
Leslie Rose
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com

VT Halter Marine Holds Dedication Ceremony for Egyptian Navy Fast Missile Craft

Edward Szeto - Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pascagoula, Miss., October 25, 2011 -- VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), held a dedication ceremony for the first of four Fast Missile Craft (FMC) built for the Egyptian Navy at its Pascagoula shipyard. The keel for this first FMC was authenticated on April 7, 2010.

The vessel, S. Ezzat, is named after Admiral Soliman Ezzat, Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Navy from 1953 to 1967. Admiral Soliman Ezzat is known as the founder of the modern Egyptian Navy. Under his command, he expanded, modernized, and upgraded the Egyptian Navy with more capable destroyers, missile boats, submarines and mine warfare platforms. Under his leadership, the Egyptian Naval Forces officer and enlisted personnel underwent continuous training and joint operational missions with forces outside of Egypt to enhance their capabilities.

The FMC is designed to perform coastal patrol, surveillance, interdiction, surface strike and naval battle group support. The vessels will allow the Republic of Egypt to maintain security of its coastal regions for the country and its friendly countries, while denying access to the areas by any potential adversaries. Each FMC will be approximately 62m in length and will incorporate ship signature control technology. High speed and maneuverability are two of the ships primary assets to fulfill these roles. The vessels will also incorporate numerous combat system assets and electronic sensors, equipping the vessels with capabilities in anti-aircraft, anti-surface and electronic warfare.


VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media Contacts:
Leslie Rose
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com

VT Halter Marine Delivers Second Tug for OSG

Edward Szeto - Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pascagoula, Miss., September 14, 2011 -- VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the delivery of Endurance, the second 8,000 hp Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug to Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (NYSE: OSG).

This is part of a contract that VT Halter Marine signed with OSG in April 2010 to complete two tugs over 16 months at the former's Moss Point Marine shipyard. The first tug, Courageous, was delivered on June 23, 2011. Both Courageous and Endurance are capable of operating in full ocean service and will be used to perform ATB services transporting refined petroleum products coastwise within the US.

Measuring 42.8 meters by 11.6 meters, these state-of-the-art tugs number among the 20 ATB tugs built by VT Halter Marine, one of the leading designers and builders of ATB tugs in the US.

"VT Halter Marine is proud to deliver this second 8,000 ATB tug to OSG - our valued and important partner; and we look forward to continuing this strong relationship."
~Bill SKINNER
Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine


Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) is a Dow Jones Transportation Index company, one of the largest publicly traded tanker companies in the world. As a market leader in global energy transportation services for crude oil, petroleum products and gas in the U.S. and International Flag markets, OSG is committed to setting high standards of excellence for its quality, safety and environmental programs. OSG is recognized as one of the world's most customer-focused marine transportation companies and is headquartered in New York City, NY. More information is available at www.osg.com.

VT Halter Marine is the marine operations of VT Systems. Based in Pascagoula, Miss., it is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media Contacts:
Leslie Rose
Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6860
Fax: (1) 228 696 6899
Email: corporatecommunications@vthaltermarine.com

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com


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