Anaheim, Calif. – June 9, 2015 – The U.S. Navy has exercised an option on their contract for 11-meter rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) with Willard Marine, Inc., requesting five more RIBs in addition to the 10 that the Navy had previously ordered in 2014.
Willard Marine will provide three 11-meter Open Center Console (OCC) boats that will be equipped with twin Cummins QSB6.7 380-hp engines, and two Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) boats equipped with twin Cummins QSB6.7 480-hp engines, both versions of which will be paired with Hamilton Jet HJ292 water jets.
Today, Willard Marine shipped another 11-meter open center console rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to Virginia, fulfilling our contract with the U.S. Navy to supply two variants of 11-meter RIB boats for a standard ship's boat operations. Willard Marine has been supplying the Navy and their Foreign Military Sales division with these types of 11-meter RIB boats for 15 years, and additional 11-meter vessels have been procured by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Anaheim, Calif., – May 4, 2015 – Willard Marine, Inc., a preeminent manufacturer of proven military, commercial and law enforcement boats, announced the addition of Jimmy Sorenson as their Regional Sales Manager for the Gulf Coast and Florida.
Sorenson served 11 years with the U.S. Coast Guard in many roles including Machinery Technician and Maritime Law Enforcement Instructor, and earned the prestigious boat coxswain certification. For the past 14 years, Sorenson managed business for an aluminum boat manufacturer, including proposal and quote development for a team of sales representatives.
Anaheim, Calif. – May 1, 2015 – Willard Marine, a leading manufacturer of aluminum and fiberglass commercial and military boats, will present at the High Speed Boat Operations (HSBO) Forum in Lisbon, Portugal, next week. The HSBO Forum gathers professionals from around the world to discuss new development, research, technology, operational procedures and equipment for high speed boating.
Willard Marine Director of Sales, Bob Beck, will present Operational Risk Management procedures and a method to evaluate risk using a customary U.S. Coast Guard model. Beck will also discuss procedures used by the U.S. Coast Guard in their daily operations for risk assessment, and conduct an exercise in evaluating a casualty scenario on a small rigid inflatable boat.
Pursuant to our customer contract requirements and ISO certification procedures, Willard Marine performed Builder Trials in Long Beach Harbor on the newest 11-meter military RIB. At the helm from left to right are Naval Architect Zack Zuker, VP of Manufacturing Dave Gutierrez, and Quality Assurance Manager Debbie Andrews.
Willard Marine Delivers First 7M Fleet Ready Advanced Combatant Craft for Evaluations.
Structural Composites is pleased to announce that Willard Marine, Inc. has built and delivered the first 7M Fleet Ready (7MFR) Advanced Combatant Craft for evaluations. The 7MFR provides the durability and maintainability of solid laminate construction at a weight equal to sandwich construction.
Structural Composites (SC) and the Navy will be testing and qualifying the fleet ready version of the advanced combatant craft. Moving from prototypes to fleet ready craft will allow the Navy to evaluate SC’s SBIR technology in operational conditions, and this advances our Technology Readiness Level to TRL-8.
Anaheim, Calif. – April 6, 2015 – Willard Marine, Inc., a leading boat manufacturer for more than 50 years, has been awarded a contract to supply the Nepal Army with two newly designed aluminum riverine boats.
Under the contract, issued by the U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office, Willard Marine is producing two 31.5-foot aluminum riverine boats, each powered by Yanmar engines and Hamilton water jets. Willard Marine will also provide comprehensive onsite crew training regarding the design, operation, maintenance and repair of the boats. The vessels will be used by Nepal to perform search, rescue and recovery operations in riverine and flood environments.
Willard Marine provides training to a dozen members of the Alaska Marine Highway System on their new 670 SOLAS RIBs. These SOLAS rescue boats service four Alaskan ferries that carry a combined total of 332 vehicles and 1599 passengers every day in a variety of challenging Alaskan weather conditions.
Learn more about our rugged SOLAS Rigid Inflatable Boats here: http://www.willardmarine.com/applications/uscg-solas-boats.html
This Willard Marine 730-LE Rigid Inflatable Boat is currently in our Virginia Beach location undergoing minor repairs and upgrades. The RIB is used by HDR Inc. for studies of whale activities off the coast of Virginia.
A 40-foot container of spare RIB parts and materials was shipped from Willard Marine today headed for the Ukraine in support of the many 7m and 11m Rigid Inflatable Boats they've ordered from us since 2009 through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.
Read about the staff, history, and future of Willard Marine, along with our production of aluminum boats, fiberglass boats, rigid inflatable boats, and SOLAS rescue boats in the latest issue of Professional BoatBuilder.
Anaheim, Calif. – Jan. 20, 2015 – Willard Marine, Inc., a leading manufacturer of composite and aluminum boats for 57 years, announced the appointment of Mark Lougheed to their engineering team.
Lougheed brings more than 25 years of experience in naval engineering and project management to Willard Marine. Lougheed was most recently at Coast Dynamics Group as an Engineering Project Leader developing technology for SHOXS Seats. He was also the Senior Research and Development Engineer at Zodiac Hurricane Technologies, a division of Zodiac MilPro in Canada, where he managed the development of a line of composite and metal stepped hull planing boats.
150104-N-DC018-207 JAVA SEA (Jan. 4, 2015) Sailors assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 and littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) make preparations to launch a Tow Fish side scan sonar system from the ship's 11-m rigid hull inflatable boat. Fort Worth is currently on station in the Java Sea supporting Indonesian-led efforts to locate missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist MC2 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos/Released)
On December 5, U.S. Navy Sailors tended to the Orion Crew Module as it was towed by a Willard Marine 11m Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) into the well deck of the USS Anchorage (LPD 23). The ship’s crew along with NASA and Lockheed Martin teams retrieved the spacecraft from the Pacific Ocean at the end of the highly successful Orion flight test that saw the Orion fly about 3,600 miles above Earth in a 4.5-hour evaluation of critical systems and mechanisms including jettison events and the ability of the heat shield to stand up to temperatures of 4,000 degrees F.
Anaheim, Calif. – Dec. 3, 2014 – Willard Marine, Inc., has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with SeaArk Marine, Inc., to build all of their commercial and military boat models, of which 7,000 have been sold worldwide since SeaArk Marine’s founding nearly 60 years ago.
Based in Monticello, Ark., SeaArk Marine is family owned and was operated by the McClendon family beginning in 1959, and they experienced great success delivering boats to all 50 states, every U.S. held territory, and over 70 countries around the world. However, in 2012, SeaArk Marine’s military and industrial boat-building division closed due to lagging sales during what has been now termed The Great Recession.
Anaheim, Calif. – Nov. 17, 2014 – Willard Marine, Inc. has been awarded contracts to develop two new sizes of Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) Fast Rescue Boats (FRBs) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
An inboard-powered 5.9-meter SOLAS rescue boat with waterjet propulsion will be built for the NOAA ship Nancy Foster and a 5.4-meter outboard-powered SOLAS rescue boat is contracted for the Hi’ialakai in Hawaii. The SOLAS self-bailing fiberglass-hull RIBs are gel-coated international orange. Willard Marine will acquire the necessary U.S. Coast Guard SOLAS certification for both vessels. Both NOAA ships require SOLAS FRBs per the International Maritime Organization’s life-saving appliance code to facilitate NOAA’s research-and-survey missions.
Anaheim, Calif. – Nov. 11, 2014 – The U.S. Navy has awarded Willard Marine, Inc. a contract for a new generation of 11-meter RIBs for standard ship’s boat operations. To date, eight standard craft with an Open Center Console (OCC) configuration and two OCC LPD-17 class variants have been ordered.
This contract specifies Cummins QSB 6.7-liter 380-hp twin engines paired with Hamilton Jet HJ292 waterjets. Each vessel will have aft seating plus removable seating for additional people on the foredeck and all will be delivered with WING® inflatable tubes.
Anaheim, Calif. – Nov. 4, 2014 – The U.S. Navy has awarded Willard Marine, Inc. (WMI), a five-year contract to provide two types of 7-meter rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) that will serve as ready service lifeboats for search-and-rescue missions.
The contract includes a standard craft based on the 7-meter RIB WMI has been producing for the Navy for 25 years, and a separate version specifically for LPD-17 class ships, which WMI has also been supplying for a number of years. Twenty-four vessels have already been ordered under the contract and the first scheduled delivery begins in March 2015.
Anaheim, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2014 – Willard Marine, Inc. (WMI), a leading manufacturer of composite and aluminum boats for more than 50 years, has been selected through a competitive solicitation process to supply a demonstration model of a new, advanced combatant craft for the U.S. Navy under an SBIR contract modification awarded to Structural Composites, Inc.