Gulfport shipbuilder gets $20M Navy contract

By WLOX Staff

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport shipbuilding company is celebrating the end of one contract and the beginning of another.

Thursday, United States Marine signed the paperwork turning over the 207th and 208th boat to the U.S. Special Operations Command. They are the last of the vessels to be delivered under a contract valued at more than $100 million.

The Naval Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable Boats are used by the Navy Seals.

Thursday, United States Marine announced it has received another contract with the Navy. The $20 million order is for 20 of the boats.

"It'll keep us in business for another year, that's the easiest way to put it," said United States Marine CEO Barry Dreyfus. "Keep our employees, we have no layoffs, we keep our sub-contractors in business also."

The boats are also used by other countries including Australia, Kuwait, Israel and Singapore.

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