The Port of Gulfport welcomes 63,000 square feet of cutting-edge production capacity.

A significant milestone for maritime technology took place on Tuesday, October 17, as Ocean Aero – a leading innovator in unmanned ocean systems – unveiled its new headquarters and manufacturing facility at the Port of Gulfport on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Boasting 63,000 square feet of state-of-the-art production space, this new facility represents a substantial addition to America’s industrial manufacturing landscape.

The opening of the Ocean Aero facility showcases the company’s commitment to advancing marine technology and furthering the blue economy, set to redefine ocean data collection by underscoring the pivotal role of oceans in research and development.

Triton Underwater Drone
TRITON, the world’s first and only Autonomous Underwater and Surface Vehicle (AUSV) / Image source: Ocean Aero

Production Capacity and Growth Prospects

The newly inaugurated facility is primed to enable the production of up to 150 TRITON annually, making it a vital cornerstone of Ocean Aero’s expansion plan. This marks just the first phase, with options for additional annexes adjacent to the facility, potentially boosting production capacity by an additional 450 TRITONS per year.

“We’re very proud of what the team has accomplished in our two years located in Mississippi and are looking forward to an even brighter future,” stated Ocean Aero CEO Kevin Decker.

Decker also emphasized the auspicious timing for expanding their production base, given the recent announcement of Replicator and other programs supported at both the US Navy and Department of Defense levels.