Supporting the Nuclear Submarine Fleet(s)
A series of contracts have been issued over the last week or so that involve maintenance and related activities for the USA and UK’s nuclear submarine fleets. The 3 contracts total $168.7 million between them, and were issued to General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.
Submarine types covered include the SSN-688 Los Angeles Class, SSN-21 Seawolf Class, and SSN-774 Virginia Class, the SSGN-726 special forces/strike Ohio Class, and ballistic missile submarines of the SSBN-730 Ohio/Henry M Jackson Class and the UK’s SSBN Vanguard Class, as well as activities related to the Trident II D5 nuclear missile and associated systems.
Oct 30/06: General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation in Groton, CT received a $58.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification under previously awarded contract N00024-04-C-2100, for consolidated design agent, planning yard, engineering and technical support for active nuclear submarines. Note that since the 1950s, all US submarines have been nuclear-powered; current serving designs in the US Navy include the SSN Los Angeles, Seawolf and Virginia classes, the SSGN Ohio Class, and the SSGN Ohio/Henry M Jackson Class missile subs.
This modification provides for updated drawings and related data that document ship configurations and deviations for operational submarines, planning, scheduling and technical support, to ensure accomplishment of operational submarine engineered overhauls/ extended refit periods.
Work will be performed in Groton, CT (59%); Bangor, WA (19%); Kings Bay, GA (16%); Newport, RI (5%); and Quonset, RI (1%). Work is expected to be complete by September 2007, and all contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year – which ends on September 31, 2007. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued the contract, and DID covered its previous FY 2005 contract outlays in this article.
Oct 26/06: Lockheed Martin Corporation in Mitchel Field, NY received the options contained in contract N00030-06-C-0005 in the amount of $38.5 million for FY 2007 US/UK TRIDENT II (D5) navigation subsystem engineering support services. Specific efforts include U.S. and U.K. fleet support, SSBN 732 engineering refueling overhaul, U.S. and U.K. trainer systems support, Shipboard Integration Program, and navigation – fire control integration. The Trident II D5 is a nuclear missile, and it is integrated into the SSBN-730 Ohio/Henry M Jackson Class and the UK’s SSBN Vanguard Class. They are often called simply “Trident submarines.”
Work will be performed in Mitchel Field, NY. The FY 2007 optional items increase the contract value to $83.3 million and extend performance through 30 September 2009. This contract was awarded based on a sole source acquisition by the US Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (N00030-06-C-0005). The funding profile for the $38.5 million is as follows:
- $26.1 million FY07 O&M, N (67.8%),
- $2.3 million FY07 SCN (6.0%)
- $7.2 million FY07 OPN (18.8%)
- $2.9 million UK (7.4%).
Oct 26/06: Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, VA received awarded a $71.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-2105) for planning yard, design, configuration management and logistics support for new construction, operational, conversion and decommissioning submarines, and modernization support for operational and decommissioning submarines. The contract will provide for engineering, technical and design support, configuration management support, Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), and database management support for new construction.
Work will be performed in Newport News, VA, and is expected to be complete by September 2007. Contract funds in the amount of $31.4 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued the contract.
This modification combines support of the U.S. Navy (99%) and the United Kingdom (1%) under the Foreign Military Sales program. It will support nuclear attack submarines like the SSN-688 Los Angeles Class, SSN-21 Seawolf Class, and SSN-774 Virginia Class, the special forces/strike SSGN-726 Ohio Class, and ballistic missile submarines of the SSBN-730 Ohio/Henry M Jackson Class and the UK’s SSBN Vanguard Class.