LPD 17 USS San Antonio in Fitting Out Stage
BAE Systems subsidiary Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp. in Norfolk, VA is being awarded a $5.2 million cost-plus-award-fee contract for the Fitting-Out Availability (FOA) of the amphibious warfare ship LPD 17, USS San Antonio.
This contract will provide services and material for the total FOA and Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) efforts for LPD 17.
Specific efforts include: engineering and management in support of the FOA/PSA; labor and procurement of material to correct government responsible deficiencies and accomplish system upgrades; performance of specified FOA/PSA work items, including tests and post-repair sea trials; and tasking additional man-hours and material to complete emergent repairs that become obvious before or during the shakedown cruise.
Work will be performed in Norfolk, VA and is expected to be completed by February 2006. This contract was competitively procured and advertised via the Internet, with three proposals received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C issued the contract (N00024-05-C-2224).
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems delivered the LPD 17 to the U.S. Navy on July 20/05, and sailors began moving aboard on Aug 25/05. The LPD 17 design includes advances such as enhanced survivability, cutting edge command-and control capability, automated systems, modernized mission stations and enhanced ergonomics, which greatly improve the quality of life at sea for the sailors and Marines.