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Mobile shipbuilder plans to hire 1,000 workers in the next 18 months, some 700 of them right now.
Alabama employers are becoming creative to lure and train workers in a time of full employment.
With a splash of bubbly over the bow, Austal USA christened the USS Augusta — the 17th Littoral Combat Ship built by the Mobile-based shipbuilder.
Mobile-based Austal USA will lead a group of experts assisting development of a new additive manufacturing center of excellence for the Navy.
The future USNS Apalachicola, under construction at Austal USA in Mobile, completes sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico.
Austal has partnered with Saildrone Inc. to build autonomous, uncrewed surface vehicles — with work on the first vessel beginning in October.
With this contract, Austal USA will now produce four of these vessels — T-ATS 11, 12, 13 and 14 — on its new steel shipbuilding line in Mobile.
Austal USA has delivered Littoral Combat Ship 32, destined to be the USS Santa Barbara, to the U.S. Navy.
T-ATS 11 is the first of several ships planned for the U.S. Coast Guard being built on Austal's new steel line.
The U.S. Coast Guard awarded Austal USA, based in Mobile, a contract worth a potential $3.3 billion for the design and construction of up to 11 offshore patrol cutters