OSV 401 “Al Basra” - RiverHawk Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs)
The Iraqi 60 meter Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs) has been developed for the Iraqi Navy as part of the U.S. Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program. The two OSVs have been procured with total package support and will reconstitute Iraq's ability to enforce maritime sovereignty and security in the Northern Arabian Gulf. RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames is the prime contractor for the OSV procurement, with Gulf Island Marine Fabricators manufacturing the steel hull and aluminum deckhouse and outfitted the vessels.
OSVs are multi-function vessels providing a wide range of capabilities to support oil production platforms. The vessels will provide transport support for crew changes and resupply to the platforms. Each OSV is equipped with guns and outfitted with fast attack boats to defend it and the offshore platforms. The vessels each include a vertical replenishment deck to facilitate the transfer of crew and supplies as needed.
The multi-function 60-meter OSV [Offshore Support Vessels] is expected to play a central role in Iraq’s Navy, providing a wide range of capabilities to support oil production platforms and acting as a ‘mother-ship’ for patrol boats. Along with command/control functions associated with security of the platforms and other afloat forces, the OSV will provide transport support for oil platform crew changes and resupply, and support patrol boat crews with provisions, repairs and refueling. The OSV is equipped with guns and outfitted with fast attack boats. The vessel has a vertical replenishment deck to facilitate the transfer of men and supplies as needed. 2 Caterpillar 3516C engines rated 3150 BHP @ 1800 rpm provide main propulsion.
On 08 March 2010 River Hawk Fast Sea Frames, LLC, Tampa, Fla., was awarded a $70,140,000 contract for the detail, design, and construction of two offshore support vessels and associated equipment and services for the Iraqi Navy. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales to Iraq. Work would be performed in Houma, La., and was expected to be completed by December 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $47.6 million would expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured based on the terms of a Foreign Military Sales case which the Government of Iraq specified RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames, LLC, as the source for this effort.
The OSV program is part of a larger procurement, awarded to RiverHawk in March of 2010, which will include spare parts, guns and ammunition. With an overall contact value exceeding $86 Million and involving more than 30 tier I and II vendors and sub-contractors, the Iraqi OSV program represents a significant boost to local economies. The work has created an estimated 210 jobs across the US Gulf region.
RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames, LLC, is a small business headquartered in Tampa, Florida. RiverHawk specializes in construction and follow-on support of high quality afloat platforms for security and defense missions. In addition to the OSVs, current construction includes Advanced Multi-mission Platforms (AMPs), and very high speed patrol and interdiction craft.
The first of two OSVs returned pierside 14 June 2012 in Houma, LA, after two days of successful sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. The 60-meter multi-purpose OSV is scheduled for for delivery to the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) later this month. The two OSVs were planned for subsequent transfer to the Iraqi Navy in the Fall. Underway trials for the second OSV are scheduled later in the Summer of 2012. OSV 401 “Al Basra” and OSV 402 “Al Fayhaa” will complement the NAVSEA-procured Patrol Boats and fast interceptors.
RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames (RHFSF), the prime contractor on the OSV procurement, conducted the trials along with an industry-Government team from key sub-contractors. The steel hull vessel and aluminum deckhouse were fabricated by Gulf Island Marine Fabricators (GIMF) in their shipyard facility in Houma, LA. Northrup Grumman Sperry Marine (NGSM) provided the ship’s communications, sensor and navigation systems.
The trials were overseen by the NAVSEA PMS 325 and the Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast to identify issues requiring correction prior to final acceptance. Trials included both pier-side and underway machinery, equipment and systems testing to ensure the ship met all contractual and operational requirements.
Northrop Grumman Corporation provided the advanced communication, sensor and navigation systems installed on the first of two new offshore support vessels (OSVs) being procured by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on behalf of the Iraqi navy. Northrop Grumman was awarded a $7.4 million contract in November 2010 by prime contractor RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames of Tampa, Fla., to provide advanced electronic systems for the two OSVs being built for the Iraqi navy. The company delivered the systems late in 2011 for installation, integration and testing during sea trials.
Under the contract Northrop Grumman provided its Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Tactical Data Link System (ITDLS) for both vessels, together with communications, maritime situational awareness displays, VisionMaster™ TotalWatch™ multifunction workstations, chart radar, electronic chart display and information system, and other electronic systems. The work also included program management, design, procurement, assembly, and shipboard integration and testing.
"The OSVs will play a key role in the new Iraqi Navy. These are complex, multimission ships; it took real teamwork to build in all the quality and capability into these ships, and the partnership with Northrop Grumman has proven critical to that success," said Jake Ross, managing director of RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames.
Northrop Grumman's IBS and ITDLS are in service on 10 35-meter Iraqi patrol boats, which will conduct maritime security operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf alongside the new OSVs. Two more 35-meter boats are in production, and are expected to deliver in late 2012 and early 2013, respectively. The company has also provided the tactical data link components for the Iraqi Maritime Surveillance System (MSS). The ITDLS provides for situational awareness and sharing of tactical tracks between the MSS, the 60-meter OSVs and the 35-meter patrol boats to provide the Common Tactical Picture.
Al Basrah will conduct maritime security operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf alongside previously delivered Iraqi naval patrol boats. "These shipboard electronic systems will improve Iraq's ability to provide its own national security," said Bill Hannon, vice president of Northrop Grumman's Maritime Systems business unit. "By providing a quick-response, affordable, capable solution to RiverHawk, Northrop Grumman demonstrated its ability to deliver integrated navigation and communication solutions along with management and engineering services."