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CURRENT ISSUE

ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

July 1, 2009

BAE Norfolk gets $11.7 million more for LHD-7 work

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $11,717,122 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-05-C-4403) for repairs of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7). The following work items will be accomplished on the ship: replace sewage discharge pumps; install scullery steam condensate drain piping; replace fire retardant plywood on ammunition magazine bulkhead; remove & dispose marine coatings containing heavy metals; replace & test flight deck padeyes; replace ventilation ducting and preheater; repair combination steam exhaust/relief valve; replace lube oil tank, fill connection deck fitting; and other work items to support those mentioned. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by November 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $11,717,122 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Va., is the administrative contracting activity for the contract (N00024-05-C-4403).


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