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Port of Everett Inks Lease with Fincantieri Marine Repair for U.S. Navy Support

Date: Mar 22, 2024

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A rendering of the first Constellation-class frigate to be constructed by Fincantieri. Image courtesy of Fincantieri Marine Repair.

Fincantieri Marine Repair (FMR) – a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest shipbuilding companies – is expanding its presence to the Port of Everett this spring, marking its first location in Washington state to support U.S. Navy assets.

On March 12, the Port of Everett Commission unanimously approved a new one-year lease to establish an FMR office at the Port’s Marina Village at Waterfront Place.

The company is part of the Fincantieri group’s network featuring 18 shipyards located on four continents providing vessel construction, repair and maintenance services around the world.

"We are pleased to become part of this community, and we look forward to growing our presence so that we can help our most important customer, the U.S. Navy," said Shawn Johnston, FMR's Vice President of Government Affairs and Growth. "Fincantieri is a natural fit to provide sustainment services for the Constellation-class frigates, many of which will be homeported in Everett in the years to come.”

The U.S. Navy plans to homeport up to 12 new Constellation-class guided-missile frigates at Naval Station Everett, adjacent to the Port of Everett’s international Seaport. The FMR office at the Port of Everett will provide post-delivery support and crew training for these frigates.

A partner of the Navy, Fincantieri was awarded a $795 million contract in 2020 to build a Constellation-class frigate with options for up to nine additional vessels. So far the Navy has utilized three of the options for more vessels from Fincantieri’s American arm.

The delivery of Fincantieri’s first Constellation-class frigate, the future USS Constellation, is expected in 2028. 

“We value the strong partnership we have with Naval Station Everett and strive to be a good neighbor and fierce advocate of the U.S. Navy,” Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber said. “A new Fincantieri support center in Everett is the start of a strong economic opportunity for the base. Naval Station Everett is the second largest job creator in Snohomish County, so the Port has been investing heavily to further support trade, jobs and national defense.”

The Port of Everett is one of the only 18 Strategic Commercial Seaports nationwide – five of which are positioned along the U.S. West Coast. With this designation, the Port is committed to maintaining readiness of its critical maritime facilities to meet national defense needs.

This news follows a recent visit from Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro to Naval Station Everett, where he witnessed the base’s work to improve training, readiness and modernization of the Navy’s fleet.

Media Contact:
Kate Anderson, Port of Everett Media & Marketing Coordinator


About Fincantieri Marine Repair
Fincantieri Marine Repair (FMR), a division of the shipbuilding group Fincantieri, offers marine repair services to meet customer needs, whether planned or emergency. FMR facilities service cruise ships, yachts, bulk tankers, workboats and military vessels. The company, based in Jacksonville, Florida, was awarded a five-year contract to provide maintenance capabilities to U.S. Navy vessels homeported or operating in the Puget Sound region. The Italian Fincantieri group, which has diversified to include 30 subsidiaries and associates including FMR, has produced more than 7,000 ships over its 230-year history. The fourth-largest shipbuilding company in the world, Fincantieri operates three shipyards in the U.S. – Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marin. For more information, visit

About the Port of Everett
The Port of Everett is a special-purpose district tasked with economic development. Through operation of international shipping terminals, the largest public marina on the West Coast and real estate development ventures, the Port of Everett supports nearly 40,000 jobs in the region and contributes $433 million to state and local taxes. The Port strives to bring quality jobs, business and tourism opportunities to its local and surrounding communities, and is committed to enhancing, restoring and preserving the overall environmental health of the waterfront. Port properties provide numerous public access and recreational opportunities for area residents and visitors to enjoy, supporting a vibrant, livable and balanced waterfront. Learn more at

In a historic action on Dec. 19, 2023, the Port Commission unanimously passed Resolution No. 1220, directing Port staff to submit a proposition of enlarging the limits of the existing Port District to the Snohomish County Council for voter consideration – a first since the citizens voted to create the Port over a century ago in 1918. The measure, slated for the August 2024 primary ballot, will consider enlarging the Port District to all of Snohomish County, excluding City of Edmonds, Port of Edmonds and Town of Woodway limits, respectively. Learn more at