The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego returns to its namesake city on May 23 after a deployment. BAE Systems is scheduled to perform a variety of work on the ship in 2021 and 2022 under a recently awarded contract. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego returns to its namesake city on May 23 after a deployment. BAE Systems is scheduled to perform a variety of work on the ship in 2021 and 2022 under a recently awarded contract. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Navy awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a $90.3 million firm-fixed-price contract for shipyard work on the USS San Diego. This availability — or period in the USS San Diego’s schedule — will include a combination of maintenance, modernization and repair.
The San Diego is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship measuring 684 feet long, displacing 24,900 long tons and capable of carrying up to 800 U.S. Marines in a landing force. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the deal to $104.9 million. Work is expected to be completed by November 2022. The contract was competitively procured using full and open competition via the beta.sam.gov website. The Navy received one offer. The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the deal on June 11. The Pentagon announced the award on June 15.

 
RQ to Build at China Lake
The U.S. Navy awarded Carlsbad-based RQ Construction LLC a $217.7 million firm-fixed-price task order under a multiple award construction contract for the design and construction of the Michelson Laboratory Complex and repair of Wings 6 and 7 at the Michelson Laboratory building at Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. The task order also contains 25 unexercised options, which if exercised, would increase cumulative task order value to $225.6 million. The work to be performed provides for the design and construction of an industrial shop, environmental laboratory and a chemistry laboratory for advanced materials research and development. Work will be performed in Ridgecrest, California, and is expected to be completed by August 2025. The Navy received four proposals for this task order. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Southwest, San Diego, awarded the deal, announced on June 24.


Software Contracts Go Out to Three
The U.S. Navy awarded three area businesses — BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc. of San Diego, Centauri LLC of Carlsbad and KAB Laboratories of San Diego — indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts that could be worth as much as $49.9 million. These contracts provide support services to include software design and testing; updates to existing software products; cybersecurity; information assurance risk assessments; microservice module development and design; software interface development and design; development of technical support data and training materials; modification and design of new sensor models; performing photogrammetric, geo-positioning, and error propagation algorithm development; configuration management; web services; and distributed systems development for the Navy and the governments of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Poland, Finland, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway. The companies have an opportunity to compete for individual orders. Work will be performed in China Lake, California (40%); San Diego (40%); and Carlsbad (20%), and is expected to be completed in July 2026. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal. The Navy received three offers. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake awarded the contract, announced on July 6.

 
Navy Taps Creative Builds
The U.S. Navy awarded Creative Builds, a small business based in San Diego, as well as three other businesses indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts to provide system maintenance, installation and engineering capabilities for advanced technology products in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Energetics Department. The estimated aggregate ceiling for all contracts is $8 million, with the companies having an opportunity to compete for individual orders. Work will be performed in China Lake, California, and is expected to be completed in June 2026. The contracts were competitively procured via a Historically Underutilized Business Zone program, small business set aside. The Navy received four offers. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake awarded the contract, announced on June 30.

 
Genasys Gets International Work
Genasys Inc. (Nasdaq: GNSS) announced $1 million worth of LRAD 1000Xi systems orders for critical infrastructure protection and wildlife preservation in international markets. LRAD systems can project sound — whether a voice or warning tones — a very long distance.
Offshore oil platforms in Nigeria will be equipped with LRAD 1000Xi systems to communicate to and warn away security threats, encroaching fishing boats and approaching vessels not responding to radio calls. The orders also include LRAD systems integrated with avian radar from DeTect Inc. to deter waterfowl and other wildlife from entering hazardous water and waste areas at a large mining operation in northern Canada.