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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

Eastern Shipbuilding is a family held shipbuilding company located in Panama City, Florida. A long time employer in Bay County for over 40 years,by 2016 Eastern provided jobs for more than 1500 employees. Since 2008, Eastern had spent more than Seventy Five Million dollars in upgrading and expanding its facilities and shipbuilding capabilities to continue growing and meeting the needs of its commercial and Government customers.

On May 13, 2016 Eastern Shipbuilding Group was selected to complete the Design Study and Analysis for the Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 1700 by the United States Navy. Eastern would spend the next 100 days addressing technical solutions for the future LCU 1700 to support the program goal of providing all the capabilities required in the most cost effective manner. The LCU 1700 Program will recapitalize the 32 craft of the LCU 1610 capabilities. The LCU 1610 Class currently provides the Navy's amphibious ships with an organic capability to move equipment between ship and shore in a reliable, fuel efficient manner.

On October 10, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded the largest vessel procurement contract in Coast Guard history to Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. Eastern was selected to finalize its design and construct the first series of nine (9) Offshore Patrol Cutters to replace the Medium Endurance Cutters currently in service. The contract is initially for nine (9) vessels with options for two (2) additional vessels. The ultimate goal of this Coast Guard program is to build twenty-five (25) Offshore Patrol Cutters, having a potential total contract value in excess of $10 billion dollars. Initially, Eastern was awarded the detail design effort with an approximate value of $110 million dollars. Construction of the first vessel was expected to commence in 2018.

At the full ramp up of the OPC contract Eastern anticipates expanding its workforce with additional craftsmen and additional engineering and administration staff to fulfill the contract requirements. Eastern will also continue to provide quality vessels for commercial customers, maintaining its success and providing numerous jobs in the competitive, cost-conscious commercial shipbuilding market.

Securing this contract was based on Easterns reputation as an industry leader in the construction of mid-range tonnage commercial ships. With a record of delivering 149 out of 150 ships on time and on budget since 2002, Easterns performance record is unmatched. Over the past 10 years, Eastern has delivered vessels, ranging from 80 feet to 433 feet in length, many with complexity comparable to the Offshore Patrol Cutter. Efficient, commercially based production processes ensure affordability in the construction of these Coast Guard vessels.

Located along the Gulf Coast of Panama City, Florida, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has grown to become one of todays leading innovators in marine construction and repair. Eastern utilizes both conventional assembly methods and modular construction. This combination of techniques has made our two shipyard building facilities some of the most modern and efficient operations in the country. By 2017, business at Eastern was booming and the company was at never-before-seen heights in relation to the number of people currently employed and the number of vessels currently under construction.

On 06 January 2017, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the appointment of Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., U. S. Coast Guard (Retired), as President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., Washington Operations. Admiral Papp served as an Officer in the Coast Guard for nearly 40 years, completing his career as the 24th Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard from 2010 to 2014. The Coast Guard is the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was a career cutterman, serving in six cutters, commanding four of them, including the Coast Guards square rigged sailing ship, USCG Barque EAGLE. As a flag officer, Admiral Papp served as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area; as the Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Headquarters; as Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District; and as Director of Reserve and Training. Upon retirement from the Coast Guard, he was called to duty at the U.S Department of State as the U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, where he led U.S. international engagement on Arctic issues.

Admiral Papp represented Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. in Washington. D.C. and led the strategic engagement in intergovernmental and industry operations. This Washington Operations appointment was the first time the 41 year old shipbuilding company has established a permanent presence in the Nations Capital and it represented a significant step in the companys growth and stature in the marine industry.

As we embark on a number of significant projects that are integral to the maritime security of our country and the continued growth of our company, we are proud to add Admiral Bob Papp to our Team, stated Brian DIsernia, CEO of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., His vast experience in both maritime security operations as well as navigating the challenges of intergovernmental operations will be invaluable and we welcome him to the ESG family.

Easterns original shipyard was established in 1976 for the purpose of constructing commercial fishing boats for the companys founder and President, Brian R. DIsernia. As the owner of a fleet of commercial fishing vessels, DIsernia ventured into the world of shipbuilding after learning first hand that the only way to get the type of vessels he wanted was to design the vessels, write the specifications, and build them himself. As he built and developed his own personal fleet of vessels, other professionals in the industry took notice and also began desiring their own custom built vessels. Soon customers in areas including New England, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska were contacting Eastern with requests for customized fishing vessels. By 1980, 26 commercial fishing vessels had been constructed and delivered.

Building on his passion for boats and the sea, Mr. DIsernia decided to diversify Easterns reputation from a Fishing Vessel shipyard into a shipyard that could fulfill any type of custom vessel request, large or small. In 1981, Easterns diversification began with the delivery of our first Offshore Supply Vessels. Today, Easterns history includes a portfolio of over 350 vessels and Eastern is one of the most diverse vessel construction companies as a result of its state of the art production line and fabrication process. Eastern has built everything from Offshore Supply Vessels to Tugs, ATBs, Inland Towboats, a SWATH Vessel, Passenger Vessels, Ro-Ro/Passenger Ferries, Inland Transport Vessels, Barges, Fireboats, Research Vessels, Offshore Construction Vessels, Dredges, High Speed Passenger Vessels, Fishing Vessels, and more.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group currently operates two shipyards in Panama City, FL., specializing in commercial steel and aluminum vessel construction and repair. In addition, Eastern engages in industrial steel fabrication. At each facility, conventional assembly methods as well as modular construction techniques are supported, making them some of the most modern and efficient operations in the country.

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