SAFE Boats to build six patrol vessels for Ukraine

The 85-foot Mk VI is designed for littoral operations

(BREMERTON, Wash.) — SAFE Boats International has been awarded an $89.7 million firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract for design, construction, outfitting, reactivation and training for six Mk VI patrol boats with an option for two additional vessels.

This contract will provide Mk VI patrol boats to Ukraine via a U.S. State Department-approved agreement utilizing building partner capacity (BPC) and foreign military financing (FMF) funds. Work will be performed in Washington state and SAFE Boats expects to create up to 75 new positions, primarily at its Tacoma facility. Final delivery on the contract is slated for March 2025, or March 2026 if the option is exercised.

Mk Vi Patrol Boat File Photo

SAFE Boats International photo

“This award is the culmination of hard work and collaboration by the SAFE Boats team, our supply chain partners and the U.S government. We are excited to be part of this important program and to have the opportunity to expand our workforce; no small feat in our current economy,” said Richard Schwarz, CEO of SAFE Boats International.

Propelled by HamiltonJet waterjets and twin 2,600-horsepower, MTU 16V 2000 series diesel engines (5,200 hp total), the 85-foot-long Mk VI has a range of 600-plus nautical miles, a cruising speed of 25-plus knots with a sprint speed of 35-plus knots, and a draft of 4.5 feet, making it ideal for littoral operations.

– SAFE Boats International

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