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Viktor Lenac Shipyard welcomes USS Mount Whitney again

September 13, 2016 - Viktor Lenac Shipyard has been awarded a contract for a 179-day dry docking and overhaul of the US Navy's 6th Fleet flagship USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20). Viktor Lenac won the contract in a public bidding process, competing with several European shipyards.

Under the terms of the contract, USS Mount Whitney will undergo the 3rd stage of its scheduled life-cycle maintenance to extend the life of this 1970s era command ship till 2039.

Getting this complex project shows that Viktor Lenac Shipyard earned the trust of a very demanding client such as US Navy, with its «delivering top quality, in a safe way, on time» business philosophy. Besides its financial importance this project will ensure stable employment and high utilization of shipyard's resources which will enable significant increase in efficiency and productivity. All this will create an additional space for investments in modernization of technology and facilities strengthening shipyard's competitiveness on the global market.

This long-term relationship between the US Navy and Viktor Lenac Shipyard began in 1993 when the United States Department of Defense – Department of the Navy and Viktor Lenac Shipyard signed the Master Agreement for Repair and Alteration of Vessels. The cooperation started with a crashed F-16 plane recovery operation from the Adriatic Sea. Joined recovery operation was planned and executed by the US Air Force, US divers, Croatian Military Forces and skilled Viktor Lenac team. The operation was a success and Viktor Lenac became the trustworthy partner of the US Navy.

During the Master Agreement the shipyard carried out few small-scope projects on several USN vessels in Croatian ports. USS Nashville was the first ship that underwent repairs within the premises of Viktor Lenac Shipyard.

Since 2011, the US Navy's Military Sealift Command entrusted the USS MOUNT WHITNEY projects to Viktor Lenac Shipyard for 4 times because of our top quality, reliability and timeliness.

Viktor Lenac Shipyard became a byword for quality and awarding of this project just affirms our position on the global map of leading ship repair and conversion shipyards.