Lake Assault Boats, a Superior-based manufacturer of patrol, rescue and fire boats, will deliver the first of two 35-foot patrol vessels to the U.S. Army’s Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point base later this month. The second vessel will be delivered in March; both were purchased through a GSA Schedule contract.
Located in Brunswick County, North Carolina, MOTSU is one of the world’s largest military distribution terminals in the world, the company said in a news release Thursday.
“We are thrilled to place these powerful and versatile patrol boats into service at one of our armed forces’ most important shipping facilities in the country,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “It is especially gratifying to be selected by the U.S. Army and through our GSA schedule contract.”
According to a U.S. government website, GSA Schedules are "long-term government-wide contracts with commercial firms providing federal, state, and local government buyers access to more than 11 million commercial supplies (products) and services at volume discount pricing."
The identical crafts are 35 feet long (excluding engines and engine guards) with a 10-foot beam, the news release said.
The company described the V-hull vessels as powered by triple 250-horsepower outboard motors capable of achieving a top speed of 52 mph. Each features a fully enclosed pilothouse and has seating for 10. The hulls are protected by a polyurethane foam collar wrap, and each carry dual weapon mounts (one forward and one aft) able to accommodate up to .50-caliber machine guns.
The draft for each boat is no greater than 18 inches when the motors are trimmed up and 24 inches when trimmed down.
“Despite the triple outboard configuration, and 750 combined horsepower, the vessels are able to maneuver in shallow water,” DuMars said in the news release.
Lake Assault Boats will provide eight hours of personalized training when the boats are delivered.
MOTSU is the ammunition shipping point on the Atlantic coast for United States armed forces worldwide. The base is located on the banks of the Cape Fear River and has, within its borders, Governors Creek, Fishing Creek, as well as several smaller bodies of water.