US Navy awards minesweeper maintenance contract

USS Gladiator, an Avenger-class minesweeper of the US Navy, transits off the coast of Bahrain during an exercise on August 27, 2007. (Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Patterson II)

Fincantieri Marine Systems North America (FMSNA), a company under the Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), has been awarded a contract for the provision of maintenance for the US Navy’s Avenger-class minesweepers.

The navy operates eight Avenger-class minesweepers, which are homeported in Bahrain and Japan. All of the vessels have diesel engines produced by Isotta Fraschini Motori, another Fincantieri subsidiary.

All eight Avenger-class minesweepers were built in Marinette and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, where Fincantieri operates a number of shipyards.

The contract has a combined value up to more than US$78 million.

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