In September, Martin Defense Group (MDG) christened its new escort boat named Oversight at its working shipyard located at Pier 24 in Honolulu, HI. Boat christening is a time-honored tradition to wish good luck and safe passage to maritime vessels and their crews. This 38-ft vessel will be a towing/escort vessel for MDG’s current IMS project.
MDG Hawaii colleagues gathered together for the celebration, along with Nate Urciuoli of Helmut’s Marine Service (Volvo Penta engine supplier), based in California, travelled to Hawaii to commission the vessel’s twin-engine and drive installation. MDG chose to install this state-of-the-art propulsion system because of its excellent maneuverability and high thrust.
Some other special features of the vessel are the reverse deadrise hull form and large aft payload area.
Just a few hours after Oversight was christened, the vessel made its way into the nearby Hawaiian waters. It performed well in sea trials and will soon enter into its next phase of testing support for the IMS program.