Up to $13M to Overhaul USNS Bridge
Guam Industrial Services, Inc. in Santa Rita, Guam received a $9.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for a 90-calendar-day regular overhaul of Military Sealift Command’s fast combat support ship USNS Bridge [T-AOE-10]. The regular overhaul will include replacing of the air conditioning plant; installation of forward and aft marine sanitation devices; preservation of the underwater hull; examination and polishing of the propeller; propulsion shafting; rudder and keel examinations; overhaul of sea valves and drydocking. This contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $13 million. Work will be performed in Santa Rita, Guam, and is expected to be complete in December 2007. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Military Sealift Command’s web page, with 2 offers received (N40442-07-C-2006)
Like all of Military Sealift Command’s ships, the USNS Bridge is an auxiliary ship crewed by civilian mariners but under Navy command. She was transfered to MSC from her role as a Navy combatant ship on June 24/04. Bridge’s primary mission is to rapidly replenish Navy task forces; she can steam at 25 knots, and is able to carry more than 177,000 barrels of oil; 2,150 tons of ammunition; 500 tons of dry stores; and 250 tons of refrigerated stores. T-AOE vessels generally receive these items from shuttle ships like the new T-AKE Lewis & Clark Class, then redistribute them to carrier strike group ships.