The Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) arrives at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for fuel and supplies. (Anderson W. Branch / US Navy)
(Tribune News Service) – Five Hampton Roads shipyards are shortlisted for what could represent billions of dollars in maintenance and repair work on the Navy’s eight littoral combat vessels based in Mayport, Fla. .
Awarding multiple multiple contracts for a total of up to $ 2.255 billion means the yards, along with three in Jacksonville, Fla., And one in Mobile, Alabama, will be able to bid on any type of dry docking, maintenance emergency, preventive or planned maintenance, corrosion control or assessments that ships will need over the next few years.
Chesapeake’s Fincantieri Marine Systems North America and BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair LLC have won shortlisted spots for future work that could reach a combined total of $ 1.3 billion, Naval Sea Systems Command said.
the Colonna Inc. shipyard in Norfolk; Repair and fabrication of the east coast at Portsmouth; Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc., in Portsmouth; and Tecnico Corp. in Chesapeake, as well as the Austal USA yard in Alabama and the General Dynamics NASSCO and North Florida yards in Jacksonville, have been awarded contracts up to a combined total of $ 965 million.
In addition, Valkyrie Enterprises Inc., a technical services company in Virginia Beach, and two similar companies in South Carolina and Alabama have won several contracts for work on Mayport’s vessels up to a combined total of $ 499 million. .
Since the contracts are for an uncertain amount of work over indefinite hours, the value for a site is not fixed. However, each shipyard is expected to receive $ 10,000 this year.
The Mayport-based Freedom Class Littoral Combatants are small warships designed to perform several different missions. The first, the USS Freedom, entered service in 2008 and is expected to be decommissioned later this year. Three more are to be downgraded next year, after between five and ten years of service.
The Navy said upgrading the first Freedom and Independence-class littoral combat ships to match upgrades on newer ships could cost $ 2.5 billion, and their decommissioning would free up funds in a tight budget for other shipbuilding priorities.
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