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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

September 3, 2009

Six share $455 million in Navy contracts

Tecnico Corp., Chesapeake, Va., (N65540-09-D-0033); AMSEC, LLC., Virginia Beach, Va., (N65540-09-D-0029); BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, Inc., San Diego, Calif., (N65540-09-D-0031); Delphinus Engineering Inc., Eddystone, Pa., (N65540-09-D-0030); General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va., (N65540-09-D-0032); Q.E.D. Systems, Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., (N65540-09-D-0029), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract for engineering and technical services on hull, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems and equipment onboard U.S. Naval Vessels. The dollar value for all six contracts combined is $455,163,385.

The engineering and technical shipboard alteration services to be performed under this contract are for alteration installations (industrial support, shipboard interface and maintenance/repair), logistics and material support, and quality assurance. Services are required to support various levels of ship systems integration including component level digital upgrades through system level upgrades. Systems include hull, mechanical, electrical and electronic. Ships include aircraft carriers, surface ships, watercrafts, cutters and submarines in locations worldwide.

Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., (30 percent); San Diego, Calif., (25 percent); Mayport, Fla., (15 percent); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, (10 percent); Everett, Wash., (5 percent); and other locations (15 percent), and is expected to be completed by August 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Federal Business Opportunities website, with seven offers received. These six contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.


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