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VT Halter Marine Hosts Christening for T-AGS 60 Class Oceanographic Survey Ship for U.S. Navy

VT Systems - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pascagoula, Miss., March 27, 2013 – VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today held a christening ceremony for USNS MAURY (T-AGS 66) at its Halter Moss Point facility.  VT Halter Marine is the leading designer and builder of specialized oceanographic ships for the U.S. Navy and has experience in building the previous six ships of the T-AGS 60 Class.

In December 2009, VT Halter Marine was awarded a contract of approximately $87 million to build an enhanced version of the T-AGS 60 Class oceanographic survey ship for the U.S. Navy.  Construction of T-AGS 66 began in September 2010, the keel laying ceremony was held in February 2011, and delivery is expected in January 2014.  The vessel has an additional 24 feet in length to the previous design which will accommodate a moon pool for deployment and retrieval of autonomous underwater vehicles. Designed to perform acoustic, biological, physical, and geophysical surveys, T-AGS 66 will provide the U.S. military with essential information on the ocean environment.

The ship’s sponsor is the Honorable Lisa P. Jackson, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who as Administrator focused much of her efforts on the BP oil spill that ravaged the Gulf Coast area.

T-AGS 66 is named in honor of Cmdr. Matthew Fontaine Maury, nicknamed “Pathfinder of the Seas,” and also known as the “Father of Modern Oceanography.” The vessel is 353 feet in length with an overall beam of 58 feet, and will be operating under the Military Sealift Command.

“We take great pride in our build history with the T-AGS 60 Class oceanographic vessels for the U.S. Navy.  This vessel, the USNS Maury, is an enhanced version of the prior T-AGS.  We are very pleased to host the christening ceremony for this impressive ship.”

~Bill SKINNER
CEO, 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

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