December 30, 2003
Oregon Iron Works gets Sealion contract
Oregon Iron Works, Clackamas, Ore., is being awarded a $5,991,214 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of a second Sealion Technology Demonstration Craft. Work will be performed in Clackamas, Ore., and is expected to be completed by December 2005. Contract funding will expire by the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, West Bethesda, Md., is the contracting activity. (N00167-04-C-0021)
The Sealion appears to be one of those projects that owes its existence as much to strong Congressional support as anything else. One of its major Congressional advocates is Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (OR-5). Back in September, when she announced House approval of $10 million in federal funding for Oregon Iron Works in the FY 2004 DOD appropriations conference report , she described the Sealion as a "multi-mission high speed, low signature technology craft [that] will be capable of supporting a variety of military missions.