Western Branch Diesel, Inc. in Portsmouth, VA received a $10.2 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity requirements contract. They will perform maintenance services, engine overhaul, and repair of the MK V Special Operations Crafts’ MTU 12V396TE94 diesel engines. The Mk V is a fast insertion/extraction boat used by Navy SEALs, and there are reports of these 82 foot long boats reaching over 60 mph/ 100 km/h in smooth seas. They take a real beating in rough surf, however, and so do their operators. Beyond these kinds of maintenance contracts, therefore, the Navy is experimenting with composite versions of the boat, while also testing systems like Stiletto with its special M-hull.
Work will be performed in Portsmouth, VA (80%) and Norfolk, VA (20%), and is expected to be complete by March 2013. This contract was competitively procured via Navy Electronic Commerce Online and Federal Business Opportunities websites, with 3 offers received by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division in Panama City, FL (N61331-08-D-0018).