Four officials from the Philippine Navy and a U.S. Navy adviser examined M/V Susitna. M/V Susitna is catamaran-type military vessel prototype owned by Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska.
“We get a lot of typhoons, and we do a lot of disaster response operations, this is something that we can do for that purpose,” a navy official said as reported by KTUU.com.
“This is a very unique vessel, that we can beach it. It’s a catamaran type; we can load a lot of stuff in here.”
M/V Susitna is now planned to be sold by Mat-Su government for 6 million dollars. The sale still needs to be approved by the Mat-Su assembly and the federal government.
This 59-meter vessel was designed by Lockheed Martin and Guido Perla & Associates and built by Alaska Ship and Drydock for Matanuska-Susitna Borough. M/V Susitna can ferry over 100 passengers and 20 cars in southern Alaska’s challenging waters.