Willard Marine will supply boats for Ukrainian navy

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Anaheim, Calif.-based Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, received an order to supply the Ukrainian navy with four aluminum patrol boats with an option for a fifth.

Under the contract, issued by the U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales office, Willard is supplying two Sea Force 11-meter and two Sea Force 7-meter aluminum patrol boats, each with an open cockpit configuration. An additional 7-meter patrol boat will be supplied upon request.

The 11-meter boats are powered by Cummins QSB 5.9 380-hp engines and Hamilton model HJ292 water jets. The 7-meter boats are equipped with a Cummins QSB 5.9 230-hp engine and a MerCruiser sterndrive.

Willard Marine, which also has an office in Virginia Beach, Va., will provide onsite crew training in the design, operation, maintenance and repair of the boats.

The high-speed aluminum patrol boats will be used by the Ukrainian navy for its visit, board, search and seizure operations and other naval operations in the Black Sea.

“This repeat order from the Ukrainian navy reaffirms Willard Marine’s position as a leading manufacturer of aluminum-hull RIBs for military applications,” Willard Marine president Ulrich Gottschling said in a statement. “This is our third FMS order for the Ukrainian navy and we have developed an excellent working relationship with them over the last few years.”

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