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August 27, 2002

$12.2 million Navy job for NORSHIPCO
NORSHIPCO, Norfolk, Va. has been awarded a Navy contract for the topside phased-maintenance, fixed-price availability work on the dock landing amphibious-class ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41), the lead ship in its class home-ported in Norfolk. NORSHIPCO is a member of United States Marine Repair, Inc. (USMR), a subsidiary of United Defense.

The basic award of the contract is valued at $12.2 million and with funded options, the total contract value would be in excess of $14 million. The ship is scheduled to arrive at NORSHIPCO on September 9, 2002. Work is expected to be completed on February 10, 2003. NORSHIPCO performed a similar availability on the WHIDBEY ISLAND in 1999. This availability will be the third dock landing vessel job performed at the shipyard this year.

Major work includes diesel engine overhauls and ballast tank repairs and preservation. Over 120 NORSHIPCO workers a day will be assigned to the ship.

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