Vigor Begins Work on USNS John Lewis

First-in-Class Replenishment Oiler Visits Swan Island for PSA

November 2, 2023

Vigor, a Titan Company, has begun work on a Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) on USNS John Lewis (T-AO-205), a first-of-its-class U.S. Navy replenishment oiler. The $27.9 million contract will be the first time a shipyard has performed maintenance on the new John Lewis class vessel. The vessel arrived in September and will continue maintenance into 2024.

“This award reflects Vigor’s reputation for on-time delivery and quality service,” said Adam Beck, Vigor EVP of Ship Repair. “Our skilled employees set the standard for ship repair and we look forward to the opportunity to service this new class in the MSC fleet.”

USNS John Lewis is the lead ship of the new John Lewis class of U.S. Navy Replenishment oiler. The Post-Shakedown Availability Contract will consist of systems improvements and post-delivery upgrades that will improve the vessel’s operability. This is the first time that the ship has undergone maintenance since it was first built in 2020, making Vigor the first shipyard to work on the new John Lewis class of replenishment oilers. The project will employ over 200 skilled workers during its five-month stay at Swan Island.

Vigor has a strong track record of performance with repairs on several of the MSC’s Kaiser Class oilers, which were named after the founder of the Swan Island shipyard, Henry J. Kaiser. Known as the father of modern American shipbuilding, Kaiser established the Kaiser shipyards during World War II, including at Swan Island where Liberty ships were built to support the war effort. Now Vigor has an opportunity to continue that legacy with work on this new class, itself named for a leader with a renowned impact on American history.

In addition to the work on USNS John Lewis, Vigor is actively working on several other MSC ships. USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200), USNS Pecos (T-AO-197) and USNS Canley are all undergoing maintenance at Swan Island. Additionally, Vigor continues work on USS Tulsa, as well as several commercial projects.


About Vigor

Vigor is a values-driven, diversified industrial business operating in six locations with 1,800 people in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Built around a collection of powerful, unique assets and differentiated capabilities, Vigor excels at specialized shipbuilding, ship repair and handling important, complex projects in support of energy generation, our nation’s infrastructure and national defense. With deep respect for people and the planet, Vigor strives to be a positive, regenerative force for good – environmentally, in the lives of its employees and in the community. Vigor … Industrial Evolution. For more information, visit

About Titan Acquisition Holdings

A family of bicoastal leaders in ship repair, ship modernization, marine and complex fabrication services, Titan Acquisition Holdings was formed in 2019. Titan is the parent company of Vigor, operating in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska; MHI Holdings, based in Norfolk, Virginia; and Continental Maritime of San Diego (CMSD) in California. Notable Titan family customers include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy, Military Sealift Command, Maritime Administration, U.S. Army, local and state ferry systems, and commercial ship owners.