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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Department Of Defense News

US DoD Navy Charter of Product Tankship Extended

Amongst the latest listing of US Department of Defense, Navy, contracts, the existing time charter of a U.S.-flagged, ice-class certified, double-hulled product tanker of Maersk Line Ltd. of Norfolk Va. is extended. The $14,223,440 modification is under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-11-C-5400) has been extended. The vessel provides worldwide bulk fuel support to the Department of Defense, including a delivery each year to Antarctica for the National Science Foundation and a delivery each year to Greenland for the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency-Energy. Work will be performed worldwide, and is expected to be completed December 2014. If all option periods are exercised, work will continue through November 2016.

General Dynamics Awarded Navy IT Contract

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command to provide enterprise IT and cybersecurity services to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division. The single-award, task order contract has a potential value of approximately $81.3 million for five years. General Dynamics along with Purdue University and 10 Indiana-based companies will provide the NSWC Crane Division with enterprise IT service management, cybersecurity, systems engineering, data protection, cross domain security and information exchange and technical advisory services management. Work on this contract will be performed in Crane, Ind.

President Trump Visits USS Kearsarge

Photo: United States Navy

President Donald J. Trump visited the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Oct. 3, to discuss relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with Navy and Marine Corps leadership. "This is some ship," said Trump. "It has done a tremendous service for Puerto Rico and for the U.S. Kearsarge and the 26th MEU are assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency…

LCE Wins $18.7 Mln Contract to Support Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) said it has been awarded a $18.7 million, five-year contract from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) to continue to provide Code 200 with engineering services in support of critical submarine maintenance availabilities. As the largest and most comprehensive fleet repair and maintenance facility between the U.S. West Coast and the Far East, PHNSY & IMF has served the nation since 1908 when it was created as a coaling and repair station. The shipyard earned its motto “We Keep Them Fit to Fight” during its pivotal role in World War II and has supported the U.S. Navy Fleet in all 20th and 21st century international conflicts.

DOD Senior Executive Pays Tribute to Women in National Service

Patricia Bradshaw, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy (CPP), addressed more than 150 employees at the Naval Sea Systems Command’s celebration of Women’s History Month Wednesday. “Today we celebrate and give thanks for the community of Department of Defense women who have and are forging paths and accomplished firsts for us and for our daughters to come,” said Bradshaw. Bradshaw has served 27 years with the Department of Defense and Department of Navy in a variety of senior level positions, including serving as the Senior executive director of human resources for NAVSEA. In this position, she played a significant role in the design and implementation of personnel demonstration programs within DoD laboratories.

Port of Anchorage Receives $10m

The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced the receipt of $10m from the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, to continue Port of Anchorage, Alaska, with its infrastructure improvements. The funding will allow the port to complete the next phase of its $700m renovation and expansion, which will add an additional 18 acres of new real estate to the port. The Port of Anchorage is undergoing a $700m major renovation and expansion to support both increasing Department of Defense use of the port, as well as its growing commercial use. The port serves more than 80 percent of Alaska’s population, with 90 percent of consumer goods flowing through it, and it is the major gateway for equipment supporting the state’s energy industry.

Former Top Navy Civilian Joins Life Cycle Engineering Inc.

Edward S. Godfrey: Photo courtesy of LCE

Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. (LCE) today announced that Edward S. Godfrey has joined Life Cycle Engineering as vice president of business development. LCE informs that  Godfrey will be responsible for partnering with Department of Defense (DoD) customers and other government organizations to establish engineering and technical solutions that support the warfighter and DoD mission. Godfrey has over 36 years of civilian service leading large, diversified engineering and corporate operations organizations within the Department of the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

Defense Department Presents Engineering Awards

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Kenneth Krieg presented the annual Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards during a ceremony June 15 at the Pentagon. Value Engineering is a systematic process of function analysis to identify actions that reduce cost, increase quality, and improve mission capabilities across the entire spectrum of DoD systems, processes, and organizations. The Department of Defense Value Engineering Program continues to be an incentive for government and our industry counterparts to improve the joint value proposition by promoting innovation and creativity. These innovative proposals seek best value solutions as part of a successful business relationship.

US Budget Shutdown: Most DofD Civilians Back to Work Soon

Official photo Chuck Hagel

A statement by Secretary Hagel on the Pay Our Military Act, indicates that most, but not all, DoD civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown are to be asked to return to work. "Immediately after President Obama signed the Pay Our Military Act into law, I directed DoD's Acting General Counsel to determine whether we could reduce the number of civilian personnel furloughed due to the shutdown. The Department of Defense consulted closely with the Department of Justice, which expressed its view that the law does not permit a blanket recall of all civilians.

Drew Marine Gets Navy Worldwide MSC Supply Contract

In the latest listing of US Department of Defense, Navy, contracts Drew Marine USA has been awarded a one-year option for the worldwide supply, delivery and services for shipboard chemical treatment; foam testing, supply and disposal; industrial gases; and refrigerants for all U.S. naval ships of Military Sealift Command (MSC) and any other vessel specifically identified by MSC. Department of Defense state that Drew Marine USA, Inc., Whippany, N.J., is being awarded a $9,202,490 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price delivery orders as above. The contract specifies that work will be performed worldwide and is expected to be completed November 2014.

Hydroid Awarded US$26-million Navy Contract

Included in the latest listing of US Department of Defense, Navy, contracts is the news that Hydroid Inc, has been awarded a significant UUV order for services with long-term options. Hydroid Inc., Pocasset, Mass., is being awarded a $26,231,287 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering services, repair and training support for the Navy's MK18 unmanned underwater vehicle family of systems.  The contract includes a one-year base period with four one-year options.  Work will be performed in Pocasset, Mass., and is expected to be completed by September 2018. Department of Defense names the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Md., as the contracting activity

BAE Systems Awarded Significant US Navy Contract

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair contracted for 'USS Porter' (DDG 78) extended dry-docking work by the Department of Defense. The value of the firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal 2013 US $49,435,634. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $61,289,100.  All work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by April 2014. The Department of Defense adds that this contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two proposals received.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity

LRAD Get Navy Acoustic Hailer Contract

US Department of Defense, Navy,  awards LRAD Corp. of San Diego, a US$12,231,360 order for its products. The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is for for small, medium and large acoustic hailing devices, mounts, test teardown and evaluation, provision item order spares, and data. Small, medium and large acoustic hailing devices will be used by the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Afloat Program Office (PMS 480) and/or other Department of Defense Activities. Acoustic hailing devices will be used in support of large and small deck naval surface ships, submarines, security boats, shore security operations and others as warning devices employed in anti-terrorism/force protection missions.

BAE Gets Navy Contract for USS Arlington

The Department of Defense awards a Navy contract for work on LPD 24 to BAE Systems, Norfolk, Va. BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $22,527,198 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-2204) to exercise an option for services and material for USS Arlington (LPD 24) post-shakedown availability. Specific efforts include: program management, planning, engineering, design, liaison, scheduling, labor and procurement of incidental material in support of fitting out availability and post-shakedown availability. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., (90.53 percent), and Chesapeake, Va., (9.47 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 2014.

Newport News Shipbuilding Notified of Department of Defense Recommendation

News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics. proposed merger between NNS and GD. two companies can be negotiated. Any agreement reached between Newport News Shipbuilding and Northrop Grumman would require the approval of the Newport News Shipbuilding Board of Directors.

Northrop Navy Ships “Not Survivable” in Combat

According to an Oct. 28 report from Bloomberg, Northrop Grumman Corp.’s $1.68b amphibious warship, designed to transport Marines close to shore, wouldn’t be effective in combat and couldn’t operate reliably after being hit by enemy fire, according to the Department of Defense’s testing official. The report said the San Antonio-class vessel’s critical systems, such as electrical distribution, ship-wide fiber optics and voice- communications networks, aren’t reliable, according to Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation and the ship’s armaments can’t effectively defend against the most modern anti-ship weapons. (Source: Bloomberg)  

SecDef Announces Flag Officer Nomination

Special from the Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced May 10 that the president has made the following nomination: Navy Vice Adm. Eric T. Olson has been nominated for appointment to the grade of admiral and assignment as commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Olson is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Special Operations Command.

Electric Boat Gets $7M Sub Contract

Electric Boat has won a $7m contact with the Navy for nuclear submarine maintenance. The Navy is calling on Electric Boat Corp., to make repairs and upgrades through July 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, also based in Groton, is the contractor. Electric Boat is a business unit of General Dynamics Corp., which is a defense contractor headquartered in Falls Church, Va. Source: MHT

DOD Amends DFARS

The U.S. Department of Defense has amended the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to clarify that the statutory restriction on acquisition of vessel propellers from foreign sources applies only to DOD contracts that use fiscal year 2000 or 2001 funds. Source: HK Law

DOD –Carriage of DOD Cargo

The Defense Acquisition Regulations System of the Department of Defense (DOD) promulgated a final rule establishing evaluation criteria for use in obtaining carriage of DOD cargo by a commercial vessel that considers the extent to which the offeror has had overhaul, repair, and maintenance work for covered vessels performed in shipyards located in the United States or Guam. The rule comes into effect immediately. 73 Fed. Reg. 70909  (November 24, 2008). (Source: Holland & Knight)

VISA Extended To 2003

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the extension of the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) for an additional two-year period, until February 13, 2001, pursuant to the provision of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended. The VISA program is the principal commercial sealift readiness program of the Department of Defense, and is sponsored by the Maritime Administration. The purpose of VISA is to make intermodal shipping services, intermodal equipment and related management services available to the DoD as required for emergency deployment and sustainment of U.S. military forces.

DoD Amends DFARS

The U.S. Department of Defense amended the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to increase a contractor's liability for loss or damage under vessel repair and alteration contracts from $5,000 to $50,000 per incident. The change is effective immediately. Source: HK Law

US DoD Extends Austal Chartering Contract

The Dept of Defense exercise a 6-month option period for worldwide charter of a US-flagged passenger/cargo ferry. The vessel will support the Marine Corps, Third Marine Expeditionary Force, and will operate out of Okinawa, Japan. US Department of Defense state that contract funds in the amount of $6,968,500 are obligated for fiscal 2013.  Work will be performed at sea worldwide, and is expected to be completed by August 2013.  Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.  

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