I was looking over the Navy’s budget request for FY’17 and saw 4 new T-ATS ships over the next 5 years. Not knowing what a T-ATS is I googled some and saw that these will be replacements for the current ATF’s and ARS’ (tugs and salvage ships).
They apparently don’t have a set of prints yet, but want something based on existing deep sea tug/workboat design. I was thinking, maybe some of the oil field companies might want to sell some of their new big, expensive, multipurpose boats they just had built and are just sitting around losing money. Have to be the big ones since manning will be at least 60 people.