Pascagoula, MS., February 18, 2019 – VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that they have been selected for Phase 1 Preliminary/Contract design for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) AGOR Variant (NAV). Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) made the announcement of the awards for the firm-fixed-price groups for the shallow coastal, continental shelf, and worldwide ocean survey and data collection requirements ships Phase I. Initial contract award for VT Halter Marine Phase I is US$1.465M.  If successful with detailed design, and best value in Phase II, the value could amount to an additional estimated US$150M.

For the NAV program VT Halter Marine assembled partners that have excellent past performance in the specific capability and technology segments relevant to the unique NAV program requirements and the NOAA science mission sets. VT Halter Marine has teamed with Gibbs & Cox, Inc. (Gibbs & Cox), a top naval architecture and marine engineering firm, to provide NAVSEA and NOAA a design approach that will deliver efficient and multi-mission effective NOAA AGOR Variant (NAV) Ships. Gibbs & Cox, has nearly nine decades of designing vessels in the U.S. with particular experience in high-density ship designs with stringent noise and performance requirements. Together, the design team brings together a group of companies with over 160 years of combined experience in designing. The Team’s parent design is the optimal starting point for developing a solution to accomplish the NOAA AGOR Variant’s multi-mission requirements specification.

“The VT Halter Marine Team is honored to be selected for the opportunity to develop the contract design for NOAA’s Next Generation of Ocean Research Vessel.  For this design we are leading a team of experts in the mission systems required for this platform and we have every confidence that our team will produce the platform to most effectively implement NOAA’s current mission and missions of the future,” said Ronald Baczkowski, Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine.”


VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of VT Systems, is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and 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, auxiliaries, and research and survey vessels.  Please visit

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  


Media contacts:     Robert Socha, Senior Vice President

                              Corporate Communications

                              VT Halter Marine

                              Phone:    (1) 228.696.6888

                              Fax:        (1) 228.696.6890



                              Christine Hicks 

                              Manager, Corporate Communications

                              VT Systems

                              Phone:    (1) 703.399.2769

                              Fax:        (1) 703.739.2611


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