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BAE Systems Shipyard Gets $37.7M Deal

SHIP REPAIR: USS John P. Murtha Pauses for Maintenance

The U.S. Navy awarded BAE Systems – San Diego Ship Repair a $37.7 million firm-fixed-price contract action for maintenance, modernization and repair of the amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha. The deal covers fiscal 2024 selected restricted availability – in other words, the pause in the ship’s schedule for shipyard work. The scope of this acquisition includes all labor, supervision, equipment, production, testing, facilities and quality assurance necessary to prepare for, and accomplish, the Chief of Naval Operations availability for managing critical modernization, maintenance and repair programs. The contract includes options, which if exercised would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $42.4 million. Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by September 2024. If all options are exercised, work will continue through September 2024.

This contract was awarded on a sole source basis in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-3. The regulation states that full and open competition need not be provided for when it is necessary to award the contract to a particular source or sources in order to maintain a facility, producer, manufacturer or other supplier available for furnishing supplies or services in case of a national emergency or to achieve industrial mobilization.

The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the deal on July 24. The deal was announced on July 26.

NASSCO Marks Ship Construction Milestones

General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the second in a series of fleet replenishment oiler ships, the future USNS Harvey Milk, to its U.S. Navy customer on July 11. The 742-foot ship is designed to transfer fuel to U.S. Navy carrier strike group ships operating at sea; it can carry 157,000 barrels of oil as well as dry cargo. Oilers in this series are named after participants in U.S. civil rights struggles.

NASSCO announced significant events in the construction of two more ships in a social media post on Aug. 8. The Barrio Logan shipyard laid the keel for the future USNS Lucy Stone, another fleet replenishment oiler. Additionally, it cut the first steel for the future USNS Hector A. Cafferata Jr., the eighth in a series of expeditionary sea base ships.

All of the events were marked by ceremonies at the shipyard. NASSCO’s parent, General Dynamics, trades on the New York Stock Exchange as GD.

Viasat Receives Electronics Work

Carlsbad-based Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) announced on Aug. 7 that it received awards totaling more than $80 million to develop Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) systems for ground, maritime and space applications. Customer details including military branch and command were not immediately available.

AESA, a type of phased array antenna that offers greater flexibility and resilience to support military platforms, is often employed when multiple beams, low probability of intercept (LPI) and jamming resistance are required. Viasat is leveraging commercial AESA phased array antenna technology and products to meet these demanding defense requirements. According to Viasat, the developments will allow Viasat’s existing phased array technology to be extended and adapted to support defense operational environments and mission needs, enabling scalable and highly flexible capabilities to be achieved at previously unattainable recurring cost.

“Viasat has an impressive legacy of solving the most difficult microwave and millimeter wave problems for our war fighters,” said Jeanne Atwell, general manager for Viasat Arizona Operations, in a statement released by the company. “These awards will advance the state-of-the-art of multi-function AESAs and these developments promise to improve the performance of a myriad of sensor, satellite communications and line of sight communication systems operating in the most demanding of conditions across multiple domains.”

RQ Tapped for Navy Construction

Carlsbad-based RQ Construction LLC was among 10 businesses selected by the U.S. Navy to receive modifications to previously awarded contracts covering construction work at Navy shore facilities in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The combined maximum value of the contract modifications is $50 million. After award of this modification, the total combined cumulative value for all 10 contracts is $950 million. Work is expected to be completed by September 2026. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Southeast of Jacksonville, Florida, awarded the contract, announced on Aug. 2.

Progeny Provides IT to Subs

The U.S. Navy awarded Progeny Systems LLC, of Manassas, Virginia a $19.2 million modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise options for engineering and technical services for software development, and hardware and software integration to Navy submarines. Some 10% of the work, worth an estimated $1.9 million, will be performed in San Diego. Work is expected to be completed by July 2024. The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the contract, announced on July 26.

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