SCA understands the importance of government new ship construction to our national and economic security and has diligently advocated for policies and budgets to protect and expand this sector of our economy. SCA examines current and projected shipbuilding policies, budgets and trends and advocates for our members' interests before the government decision-makers who directly influence the shipbuilding industry. SCA identifies opportunities to collaborate with private industry, government agencies and other like-minded industry associations on efforts to promote Navy, Coast Guard and other government shipbuilding as a vital industry and to educate our leaders on the multiplying effects of shipbuilding on the supply chain and services sector. The fact that SCA's membership spans from major "Tier-1" defense construction shipyards to small, family-owned suppliers enables the shipbuilding industry to speak with one voice to Congress and the Administration about the critical need for a strong defense shipyard industrial base.
SCA members build the complex and sophisticated military vessels that comprise the fleets of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, other government agencies and the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and strategic sealift fleet.
SCA Members include the shipyards that build the U.S. Navy battleforce ships, currently consisting of approximately 286 vessels. Battleforce ships are capable of sustained maritime military operations, combat or service support missions, and include aircraft carriers, surface combatants, submarines, amphibious warfare ships, mine warfare ships, combat logistics ships and fleet support ships.
For a list of vessels in the current U.S. Navy fleet, please click HERE.
u.s. coast guard
The U.S. Coast Guard is this nation's principal maritime law enforcement authority and the lead Federal agency for the maritime component of homeland security. SCA represents the shipyards that build many of the 1,400 boats and 24 cutter classes that protect the nation's ports and waterways, coasts, exclusive economic zones and international waters, including the Coastal Patrol Boat, Fast Response Cutter, National Security Cutter, Offshore Patrol Cutter and Response Boats.
A list of current boats and cutters in the U.S. Coast Guard can be found HERE.
SCA represents those builders of the active U.S.-flag merchant ships, commercial ships under long-term charter to the military, and Ready Reserve Force (RRF) vessels under private commercial management contracts and crewed by citizen mariners who meet U.S. strategic sealift needs and the logistics of national security that require the ability for surge and sustainment shipping.