In September 2012, General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, CA received a $108 million cost-plus award fee/incentive fee contract modification for drydocked maintenance and upgrades to the amphibious aviation ship USS Essex [LHD 2]. Work includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and upgrades, which will be performed in San Diego, CA until February 2014. All contract funds expired at the end of FY 2012, on Sept 30/12; one presumed they were all used. The US Navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego, CA manages the contract (N00024-07-C-4013).
General Dynamics NASSCO performs maintenance work on Pacific fleet LHA & LHD ships, including the USS Essex, under a FY 2007 – 2013 contract. NASSCO has since confirmed that this order falls under that framework.
Contracts & Events
March 3/16: General Dynamics has been awarded a $156.59 million contract to carry out phased maintenance availability (PMA) on the USS Essex (LHD-2). Work on the Wasp-class amphibious assault vessel will include depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities. Completion is expected to be finished by June 2017. In September 2012, the ship underwent 18 months of upgrades and maintenance at a cost of $108 million, which included gaining proficiency in the launching, landing and refueling of various helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys on the flight deck.