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STURGEON BAY, Wisc. – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is partnering with Crowley Maritime Corporation on the largest LNG (liquefied natural gas) bunkering barge ever constructed in the United States.

The transformative design of the 416-ft. vessel will offer capacity for 12,000 m3 (3.17 million gallons) of LNG and when complete it will be the largest Jones Act-compliant vessel of its kind, becoming the second Jones Act-compliant bunker barge Shell has under long-term charter in the U.S. It will be used to help expand current LNG network capacity and meet demands for cleaner energy.

“Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is pleased to partner with Crowley on this project, building on our previous successful vessel construction projects,” said Todd Thayse, Vice President & General Manager of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. “Our growing expertise and partnerships in the LNG transportation business is recognized by the industry and positions us well in this growing market. We are pleased Crowley selected our team at Bay Shipbuilding to execute this important and highly visible project.”

Bay Shipbuilding designed and constructed two large articulated tug-barges (ATBs) for Crowley in 2002. Currently Bay Shipbuilding is wrapping up construction of a similar but smaller LNG barge for Polaris New Energy, Clean Canaveral, which is expected to deliver later this year. This vessel for Crowley is expected to be in service in 2024.

“The new bunker barge will extend Crowley’s commitment to deliver cleaner, innovative solutions to help the shipping industry continue on the path to de-carbonization,” said Tucker Gilliam, vice president, Crowley Shipping. “Orders for ships fueled by liquefied natural gas continue to rise, and this vessel will provide Shell an innovative and reliable service to meet demands for more sustainable energy sources.”

With this barge, Shell continues to expand its global network for LNG bunkering, with 10 LNG bunker vessels currently under contract and plans to add further to its growing global fleet.

LNG or liquefied natural gas, is a process through which natural gas is cooled to a liquid state and reduced by nearly 600%, which makes it easier and safer to transport. Bunkering barges either transport the gas to locations where it can be returned to a gaseous state for energy, or it can be used to refuel other vessels which use LNG. LNG burns much cleaner than the other fossil fuels, resulting in greater reductions in pollution and less internal wear on engines.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding was recently recognized as one of the safest U.S. shipyards in 2020 by the Shipbuilders Council of America.

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Fincantieri Marine Group: Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG). This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the US, including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located in the Great Lakes. www.fincantierimarinegroup.com.

Contact: Eric Dent, Director of Communications | Fincantieri Marine Group | Eric.dent@us.fincantieri.com | (202) 488-4783

STURGEON BAY, Wisc. – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding hosted U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin yesterday as she toured the shipyard to see recent infrastructure improvements and speak with men and women who work in one of the most capable Great Lakes shipyards.

“Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is an industry leader in the construction, repair and conversion of USCG and commercial vessels, and we are lucky to have them here in Sturgeon Bay,” said Sen. Tammy Baldwin. “I am glad to partner with them on the maritime issues facing the Great Lakes and will continue to advocate for strong Buy America policies to support the domestic shipbuilding industrial base.”

Baldwin was in Northeast Wisconsin to meet with local Coast Guard members, tour Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, and to conduct a listening session with maritime industry representatives.

“We enjoy showing our elected officials our talented team and world-class facilities,” said Dario Deste, President and CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group. “Having Sen. Baldwin here is also a great reminder to our shipyard teammates that the work they do each day is critical to the U.S. maritime industry as well as commerce beyond the Great Lakes.”

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding continues to be one of the most important shipyards in the Great Lakes, as one of only two shipyards authorized to conduct emergency repairs of vessels of the Great Lakes fleet, like 1,000-ft. Lakers. Bay Shipbuilding also designs and builds new ships, like the LNG bunkering barge, which is nearing completion later this year. Bay is most notably associated with the annual servicing and repair work of many of the Great Lakes fleet each winter.

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Fincantieri Marine Group: Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG). This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the US, including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located in the Great Lakes. www.fincantierimarinegroup.com.

Contact: Eric Dent, Director of Communications | Fincantieri Marine Group

Eric.dent@us.fincantieri.com | (202) 488-4783

GREEN BAY – Fincantieri Marine Group was recently recognized for its commitment to veteran employment by Wisconsin’s chapter of Disabled American Veterans as the state’s 2020 Large Employer of the Year.

Officials from FMG received the award from DAV’s Employment Committee Chairman Gary Meyer at their annual convention June 11.

“We take great pride in supporting our country and its military by making tremendous vessels for the Navy and Coast Guard, but also by strengthening our commitment to hiring veterans,” said Marco Galbiati, FMG’s general manager.

Fincantieri Marine Group operates three shipyards in Wisconsin: Fincantieri Marinette Marine, in Marinette; Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay; and Fincantieri Ace Marine in Green Bay. FMG also has a corporate office in De Pere. Nearly 250 veterans work at Fincantieri, and FMG is in the midst of a two-year hiring ramp as they begin fabrication on Constellation-class frigates for the U.S. Navy later this year.

“We are on contract with the Navy to design and build the first-in-class USS Constellation as well as the second ship,” said Galbiati. “We believe we are a great place to work here in northeast Wisconsin, especially with our fulfilling mission and all of the benefits our company provides.”

Galbiati also stressed that the ships coming out of Bay Shipbuilding are predominately commercial ships with critical missions as well. Moving supplies and raw materials throughout the Great Lakes and beyond is an understated, yet important endeavor.

For those interested in searching available jobs at Fincantieri Marine Group, please check out: https://fincantierimarinegroup.com/careers/.

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Fincantieri Marine Group

Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG). This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the U.S., including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located in the Great Lakes. www.fincantierimarinegroup.com

Fincantieri Marine Group Contact:

Eric Dent

Director of Communications

Eric.dent@us.fincantieri.com

(202) 488-4783

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Fincantieri Marinette Marine and its board of directors announced today that Mark Vandroff will be taking over as CEO effective July 7, replacing Jan Allman who has led the Wisconsin shipyard since 2014.

“Our company’s continued growth afforded us an opportunity to expand our senior leadership team and to better organize to exceed our customer’s needs,” said Dario Deste, CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group.  “Jan [Allman] has done a tremendous job working with partner Lockheed Martin and the Navy on the Littoral Combat Ship and Multi-mission Surface Combatant programs, as well as helping our company secure the FFG contract.  We are pleased that she has accepted a promotion and will continue to serve in her new role in our Green Bay office as FMG’s senior vice president of public affairs and community relations.”

“On behalf of Marinette Marine’s board of directors, I want to thank Jan for her dedication and hard work,” said Gary Roughead, retired Navy CNO and now chairman of the Marinette board.  “Mark has an opportunity of a lifetime to lead the FMM team during an exciting time as we build the Navy’s Constellation Class frigate, a vital part of tomorrow’s Fleet.”

Vandroff, a retired Navy captain, brings a wealth of naval shipbuilding experience to the team responsible for designing and building the Navy’s Constellation-class frigates.

Vandroff has been with Fincantieri Marine Group since early in 2021, where he was the senior vice president of business development.

Vandroff spent more than 30 years in the Navy, which was highlighted by tours as the major program manager for Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and the commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock, Md.  He holds a B.S. in Physics from the United States Naval Academy and an M.S. in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to joining FMG, Vandroff served as the deputy assistant to the President of the United States and senior director for defense policy on the National Security Council staff.  In this role, he served as the President’s senior White House advisor on a broad array of matters including defense capabilities, irregular and non-traditional warfare, strategic weapons, international security cooperation, military personnel, emerging defense technology, and space security.  Prior to that, he worked in industry as vice president of maritime programs for Zenetex, LLC.

He has also been a frequent contributor to USNI’s Proceedings, The Strategy Bridge, and the Center for International Maritime Security. He was the recipient of the 2018 Gold Medal for Engineering Excellence by the American Society of Naval Engineers.

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Fincantieri Marine Group

Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG).  This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the U.S., including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located in the Great Lakes. www.fincantierimarinegroup.com

Fincantieri Marine Group Contact  

Eric Dent

Director of Communications

Eric.dent@us.fincantieri.com

(202) 488-4783

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WASHINGTON D.C. – The Department of Defense announced today that the Navy is exercising a $553.8 million option to have Fincantieri Marinette Marine build the second Constellation-class frigate.

The Wisconsin shipyard is currently working with the Navy on the detailed design phase of building the first-in-class USS Constellation (FFG-62), a modern guided-missile frigate based partially on the Italian FREMM.  Fabrication is planned to start at the end of this year, and the ship is expected to deliver to the Navy in 2026.

This contract is the first of nine potential options on future guided-missile frigates for the Wisconsin shipyard.

Dario Deste, president and CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group, stated that the approval on the second ship was expected based on progress on FFG design efforts, as well as the company’s demonstrated commitment and follow-through on capital improvements.

“While it is good to have additional work lined up for our shipyards, I believe the most important aspect of this decision is that our customer believes that together we are a strong team focused on delivering a capable and adaptable ship that will serve well into the future,” said Deste.  “We made substantial investments in our system-of-shipyards in Wisconsin, so that we can solidify our position as a surface combatant center of excellence.”

Fincantieri Marinette Marine received the initial FFG(X) contract April 30, 2020, for the lead ship and options for nine additional ships valued at $5.5B.  Although the award happened several months earlier than planned, FMM went into the DD&C (Detail Design and Construction) phase with a lot of momentum.

“There was very little time for fanfare after the initial award,” said Deste.  “Frankly we were happy to receive it [the award], but more happy to start working closely with the U.S. Navy as the prime contractor on this important program for them.”

“There are always challenges when you build a first-in-class ship, but we started with a phenomenal parent design — the FREMM — which is internationally known as a reliable, versatile and operationally-proven warship,” said Deste. “And we continue to work with the U.S. Navy to give them exactly the ship they want.”

Deste added, “In the end, we expect to make many frigates for the U.S. Navy beyond the initial 10.”

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Fincantieri Marine Group: Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG). This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the US, including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located in the Great Lakes. www.fincantierimarinegroup.com.  Contact: Eric Dent, Director of Communications | Fincantieri Marine Group | eric.dent@us.fincantieri.com | (202) 488-4783

MARINETTE, Wis. – Fincantieri Marinette Marine received the top honor among larger companies from the Wisconsin Safety Council in their annual corporate safety awards that was announced today.

The Wisconsin Safety Council honors businesses for exemplary safety records and excellence in safety & health management, and this year they recognized 10 companies for superior performance and commitment to safety.

“It is an honor to be associated with these tremendous companies who, like us, put a strong emphasis on operating safely,” said Jan Allman, CEO of FMM.  “Safety is one of our core values here at FMM, and it’s great to see the hardworking men and women of our shipyard be recognized for their efforts.”

FMM continued to lead by example in the area of safe operations. In 2020, the shipyard continued to inculcate a collective focus on safety and wellness. This year the WSC also considered how companies protected their workforce during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Again, FMM was able to continue critical defense shipbuilding while making a wide range of changes to protect its employees, such as extensive disinfecting and cleaning, free protective masks, and rigorous contact tracing.

FMM proved to be a solid community partner during the pandemic by donating thousands of masks to local health and public safety workers during a period in which protective gear was in short supply.  Also, FMM maintained a transparent and public accounting of known positive cases of COVID. This was done to limit speculation and to reassure employees, families, suppliers and community partners that robust precautions were being taken to operate safely.

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Fincantieri Marine Group

Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG).  This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the U.S., including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located in the Great Lakes.  Together this “system-of-shipyards” offers unparalleled service across the range of design, build, service and maintain options for military, government and commercial customers.  www.fincantierimarinegroup.com

Point of Contact: Eric Dent, Director of Communications | Fincantieri Marine Group

Eric.dent@us.fincantieri.com | (202) 488-4783

MARINETTE, WISC – Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) is prepared to launch the next phase of construction along the waterfront next month, which will include work in the adjacent Menominee River.

Beginning in May and planned to continue until late October, FMM will have several inches of sediment and bedrock removed from the river bottom and along the banks of their waterfront to allow the launch and navigation of larger Navy ships being built at the Wisconsin shipyard.

This work has been coordinated with federal, state and local officials and special emphasis has been made to limit interruptions to recreational activities in the adjacent waterway. During construction there will be brief periods each weekday in which the portion of the Menominee River along FMM’s waterfront will be temporarily restricted to allow for safe operations. Officials expect that each weekday between 4 and 5 p.m. CT there will be no boating or river traffic for up to 30 minutes. There are no plans to restrict activities in the Menominee on weekends, holidays or during local fishing tournaments.

FMM leadership has worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to ensure compliance and to limit disruptions to recreational use of the Menominee River.

“Federal agencies and the Wisconsin DNR have been working with Fincantieri Marinette Marine, their consultants and contractors to ensure the health and safety of the environment through permitting for this expansion,” said Jean Romback-Bartels, NE WI Secretary’s Director for WDNR. “The fisheries resource is important in this river, so we worked with FMM to minimize impacts to spawning walleye, sturgeon, and more. Additionally, we have worked with them to avoid impacts to Strawberry Island and the rookery that’s located there.”

“Many of our employees and local community members enjoy the tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities that come with living in Northeast Wisconsin, so we are determined to limit how our construction potentially impacts our neighbors and those who transit past our waterfront,” said Jan Allman, CEO of FMM.

“We were fortunate as a shipyard to secure the contract to design and build the Navy’s guided-missile frigates,” said Allman. “Part of our contract is to make necessary improvements to our facilities so that we can deliver the world’s best frigates for decades.”

FMM and its sister shipyard, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, started a massive $200 million capital improvement plan earlier this year, which when completed will include several massive climate-controlled buildings and the largest ship lift in the U.S.

For those interested in understanding more about the construction, please see fincantierimarinettemarine.com/construction-update which will be the most up-to-dateinformation about temporary river closures, as well as examples of the type of work being completed.

Fincantieri Marine Group

Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG). This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the U.S., including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (FincantieriMarinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located inthe Great Lakes. www.fincantierimarinegroup.com

Point of Contact: Eric Dent, Director of Communications | Fincantieri Marine Group

Eric.dent@us.fincantieri.com | (202) 488-4783

WASHINGTON D.C. – Fincantieri Marine Group is partnering with BMT, a leading naval architecture and marine engineering design group, as they assist the U.S. Navy in their effort to design and build a cable ship replacement.

The Navy’s only operational cable ship, USNS Zeus, is at the end of its long service life, and the Navy is interested in recapitalizing its undersea cable installation and repair capabilities, as well as adding the new mission sets of acoustic, hydrographic, and bathymetric survey; and deploying and recovering unmanned underwater vessels.

BMT was recently awarded the prime contract to conduct industry studies for the T-ARC(X) cable ship replacement program, and Fincantieri Marine Group will support BMT as a major partner.

“We are pleased to be part of this tremendous industry team led by BMT on this important program,” said Mark Vandroff, Fincantieri Marine Group’s Senior Vice President of Business Development.  “We believe our team will ultimately provide the Navy with a sustainable and capable ship to perform this critical mission.”

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Fincantieri Marine Group

Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG).  This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the U.S., including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located in the Great Lakes. www.fincantierimarinegroup.com

Fincantieri Marine Group Contact

Eric Dent

Director of Communications

Eric.dent@us.fincantieri.com 

(202) 488-4783

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This week, Fincantieri Marinette Marine recognized Mayor Steve Genisot by presenting him an official shovel and hard hat from the Ground Breaking of Building 34 that recently took place at the shipyard. Mayor Genisot participated in the outdoor event in February, but due to extreme cold weather, the company postponed a few of the special recognition portions of the event.

“Building 34 will become the crown jewel of our shipyard, and the recent ground breaking marked a significant milestone in the history of our shipyard,” said Jan Allman, CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine. “Mayor Genisot has been a strong partner to FMM. I’m really honored to recognize him today for his steadfast collaboration throughout our entire growth process. Under his leadership, the City has been a true partner in helping us navigate our growth and expansion plans.”

The multi-million dollar building is part of the company’s most recent $200 million shipyard capital expansion underway in Wisconsin. In addition to this building, there are several other projects in Marinette. The largest ship lift in the U.S. is being built along the waterfront, as well as improvements to other buildings to facilitate upcoming frigate fabrication for the U.S. Navy and a significant increase in employment.

“I value the partnership we have with FMM, our area’s largest employer,” said Mayor Steve Genisot. “They are making a significant investment in the community, creating numerous jobs and bringing economic growth to the entire region.”

Building 34 is a key element to constructing the Constellation-class frigate, and will support construction of two 500-ft. ships at the same time inside of an impressive climate-controlled facility.

Background

Fincantieri Marinette Marine was awarded the contract in April 2020, to design and build the first Constellation-class guided missile frigate, with options for nine additional ships.  The total value of the contract, if all options are exercised by the Navy is $5.5 Billion.

The growing Marinette shipyard employs thousands of full-time workers and related contractors who produce Navy ships, like the Littoral Combat Ship and the newest guided-missile frigate.

Fincantieri Marine Group

Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG).  This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the U.S., including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located in the Great Lakes. www.fincantierimarinegroup.com

Point of Contact: Eric Dent, Director of Communications | Fincantieri Marine Group

Eric.dent@us.fincantieri.com | (202) 488-4783

WASHINGTON D.C. – As detail design work continues on the Navy’s newest class of ships, officials announced that L3Harris has joined the team to provide integrated systems for the Navy’s Constellation-class frigates.

“We are glad to have L3Harris, specifically its innovative Integrated Mission Systems team, with us as together we build tomorrow’s Navy,” said Fincantieri Marine Group President and CEO Dario Deste.

In a release earlier this week, L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) announced it is on contract with Fincantieri Marinette Marine for the shipboard integration and production of major subsystems onboard the U.S. Navy’s guided-missile frigate FFG 62. L3Harris is prepared to support the Navy’s plans to build at least 10 ships. The value of the L3Harris program could exceed $300 million if all design, development, and production options are awarded.

L3Harris is the largest member of the Fincantieri FFG team and will provide integrated systems that include the electric and propulsion systems, bridge and navigation systems, and aviation integration services. The diversified capabilities that L3Harris delivers on the Constellation-class Frigate program will distribute the power and propulsion needed to meet the U.S. Navy’s mission requirements throughout the world.

“We’re excited by the opportunity to join the Fincantieri Marinette Marine team on the Frigate program and we look forward to bringing to bear industry-best speed, innovation and affordability as we deliver the advanced integrated capabilities that will ensure the Navy’s ability to operate this ship with impunity upon any sea,” said Sean Stackley, President, Integrated Mission Systems, L3Harris.

The Navy awarded Fincantieri Marinette Marine the contract to design and build the FFG, the Navy’s first new build in more than a decade. L3Harris will support Fincantieri at its Marinette, Wisc. shipyard, where it will build the frigate based on the company’s Italian FREMM multi-mission frigate.

L3Harris joins FFM’s other partners: GE Marine, Philly Gear, and Thrustmaster on this important naval program.

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Fincantieri Marine Group

Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG).  This company, which serves commercial and government customers in the U.S., including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) located in the Great Lakes. www.fincantierimarinegroup.com

Fincantieri Marine Group Contact

 Eric Dent

Director of Communications

Eric.dent@us.fincantieri.com 

(202) 488-4783

About L3Harris Technologies

 L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries. L3Harris.com.

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 This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the value or expected value of orders, contracts or programs and about system capabilities are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. L3Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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L3Harris Contacts

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Integrated Mission Systems

Deanna.Burke@L3Harris.com

856-338-3437

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Media Relations

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ADDRESS

Headquarters Washington DC
655 15th Street NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20005-3522
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201 S Pearl Street
Green Bay, WI 54303
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1600 Ely Street
Marinette, WI 54143
Bay Shipbuilding
605 N 3rd Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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