$19.4M Option Exercised to Maximize Carrier Readiness
The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard’s Intermediate Maintenance Facility exercised a $19.4 million modification under previously awarded contract N00024-04-C-4152 for maintenance efforts on the carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The aim of the contract is to provide year round maintenance so as to maximize ship readiness under its Docked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) schedule, and it will target ship systems, shipboard equipment, and ship hull preservation. Work will be performed by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp.’s Seattle Division in Bremerton, WA, and it is expected to be complete by December 2005.
Some DID Context: Under the new Fleet Response Plan (FRP) doctrine, naval readiness and “surge capability” are higher priorities than they have been in the past. The 2004 “Summer Pulse” exercise was an initial test of this doctrine, which fits into a larger picture regarding the US Navy’s deep strike operations capability.