US-based boat manufacturer Willard Marine has secured an order to deliver two newly designed aluminum riverine boats to Nepal’s Army.
Under this contract, Willard Marine will construct two 31.5ft-long aluminum riverine boats, each powered by Yanmar engines and Hamilton water jets.
In addition, the US boat builder will deliver complete onsite crew training related to the design, operation, maintenance and repair of the boats.
Willard Marine president Ulrich Gottschling said: "This order from Nepal underscores Willard Marine’s commitment to serve international military agencies with a large variety of mission-specific vessels, both aluminum and fibreglass.
"It is always our goal to build the most rugged and reliable boats that our customers can depend upon in the most challenging environments."
The new boats will be deployed to perform search, rescue and recovery operations in riverine and flood environments.
This contract was issued by the US Navy Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office and marks the third contract awarded to Willard Marine by the US Navy in 2014, including a five-year indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for 7m rigid inflatable boats (RIB) and a contract for 11m RIBs.
Besides military-specific RIBs, Willard Marine also offers a wide range of vessels for multiple applications, including law enforcement, search and rescue operations and commercial utilisation, the company stated.
In December 2014, Willard Marine acquired the rights to design and manufacture Crystaliner boats, a line of surf and rescue vessels.
Image: Nepal’s Army will use the new Willard Marine built boats to perform search, rescue and recovery operations in riverine and flood environments. Photo: courtesy of Willard Marine Incorporated.