The United States Navy and Willard Marine have executed a licensing agreement for a Willard Marine boat design to serve as the guideline for the Navy’s new 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB) government design, according to a recent Willard announcement.
For 27 years, Willard Marine, headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., has designed and built U.S. Navy ship-board RIBs that are 7- and 11-meters in length, featuring a wide variety of propulsion, deck and outfitting arrangements. This licensing agreement allows the U.S. Navy to utilize Willard’s Sea Force® 1100, U.S. Navy model RIB design to create an all new Navy 11-meter RIB. The new RIBs will be used in their American fleets around the world.
“We are honored that the largest and most prestigious Navy on the globe has chosen a Willard Marine design to serve as their guideline for the new 11-meter RIB design,” said Ulrich Gottschling, President and CEO of Willard Marine.