US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan rely on the timely delivery of supplies and equipment to carry out their missions. One of the primary movers of heavy military equipment to that area of the world is the large medium-speed roll-on/ roll-off ship (LMSR) operated by the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command.
These ships need to head out at a moment’s notice. They require operation and maintenance support to keep them in top shape, ready to deliver supplies in theater when needed. To provide this support, the Navy awards large contracts to private companies…
AGM-129A loaded on a B-52 at Minot Air Force Base, ND
In 2007, a B-52 carried 6 unsecured nuclear-tipped AGM-129 ACM cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. The nuclear warheads were supposed to have been removed before the aircraft took off, but they remained on the aircraft unsecured at both Minot and Barksdale for 36 hours.
As a result of the incident, 4 USAF commanders were relieved of their commands; it also contributed to the resignation of top USAF officials. A Blue Ribbon Panel chaired by former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger recommended that the USAF and the US Department of Defense (DoD) overhaul its handling of nuclear weapons security. In response, the USAF set up an Air Force Global Strike Command to oversee all bomber- and missile-based nuclear weapons.
The incident also prompted the US Navy to beef up its nuclear weapons security, which is overseen by the Strategic Systems Program…
Goodrich in Charlotte, NC received a $49 million contract from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding to provide composite components for the next 8 Virginia-class nuclear fast attack submarines, referred to as Block III.
Goodrich’s Engineered Polymer Products team in Jacksonville, FL is building components to support the construction of 1 sub per year in 2009 and 2010, rising to 2 subs per year from 2011 through 2013. The components include the bow dome, and sonar and weapons equipment.
The bow of the Virginia Class Block III underwent significant revision involving 25 changes from previous submarine designs…
The mission of the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) is to support US forces by delivering supplies and conducting specialized missions across the world’s oceans.
The command operates approximately 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed US forces and coalition partners.
To keep those ships sailing, the MSC awards contracts for ship overhaul and maintenance on a regular basis. The command recently awarded 2 contracts, worth up to a combined $18.7 million, to overhaul hospital ship USNS Mercy and oil supply ship USNS Guadalupe…
The US Coast Guard awarded Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, WA a $12.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract (HSCG85-05-C-625306) in support of repairs and alterations performed during the triennial Dry-Docking Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA) of the icebreaker USCG Cutter Healy (WAGB-20).
The contract modification provides for repair and maintenance of the ship’s main propulsion system, auxiliary systems, and other structural, mechanical, and electrical features aboard the ship, including underwater hull inspection and renewal.
The USCG Cutter Healy is the USA’s largest icebreaker…
STS International in Berkeley Springs, WV won a $23.3 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for operational capabilities for the surface and subsurface surveillance system (Quad-S). Quad S is a multifunction surveillance system that can be used in both military expeditionary operations and homeland security missions.
STS will perform the work in Tampa, FL and expects to complete it by September 2014. This contract was competitively procured via Navy Electronic Commerce Online and FedBizOpps websites, with 3 proposals received by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NAVSEA) Panama City Division in Florida (N61331-09-C-0020).
Sealift in Oyster Bay, NY received a $7.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for a 1-year time charter of a vessel, which will be US-flagged upon delivery to the US government. The ship’s primary mission will be to resupply US armed services personnel on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $31.4 million.
Sealift expects to provide the ship through November 2010, or October 2014 if all options are exercised. This contract was competitively procured with 6 offers received by the Military Sealift Command in Washington, DC (N00033-09-C-5502).
Container Security: Sensor or Dog, which is better? (click to view larger)
Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) in San Diego, CA received a $7 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-09-D-0034) from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) Pacific to develop a container security device (CSD), a small, low-power sensor mounted on or within a shipping container to detect and warn of the opening or removal of container doors. The contract includes a 3-year ordering period without options.
SAIC will perform work in San Diego and expects to complete it by July 23/12. This contract was not competitively procured; this is a sole source, follow-on contract under the authority of U.S. federal law: only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Development of the CSD was initiated by SAIC under contract N66001-05-D-6013, which was competitively awarded.
3PSC LLC in Cape Canaveral, FL won a $19.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for the operation and maintenance of 6 U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) oceanographic survey ships worldwide. This contract includes options, including a 7th-vessel option, 4 one-year options and 5 six-month award-term options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $266.5 million.
3PSC will perform the work worldwide and expects to complete it by Sept. 30/10. If all options are exercised, work is expected to be completed in March 2017. This contract was competitively procured via the MSC website, with multiple proposals solicited and 5 offers received by the Military Sealift Command in Washington, DC (N00033-09-C-2504).
DID has more on the MSC fleet of oceanographic survey ships…
Sealift Inc. in Oyster Bay, NY received a $9.7 million firm-fixed-price contract for a 334-calendar-day time charter of the cargo ship SS Fisher to preposition U.S. Marine Corps ammunition at sea. Fisher is expected to operate in and around Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $46.5 million.
Sealift expects to begin work on the contract in November 2009 and to complete the work within 334-calendar-days or, if all options are exercised, in September 2014. This contract was competitively procured, with 4 offers received by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (N00033-09-C-3301).