Navy modifies NASSCO LX(R) design work contract

AUGUST 16, 2016 — General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO), San Diego, CA, is being awarded a $24,385,582 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-2409 for LX(R) Amphibious Ship Replacement program design acceleration and contract design engineering support.

The contract mod apparently doesn't mean that NASSCO is getting any more money for the LX(R) design work. Today's Department of Defense contract announcement says "LX(R) contract design efforts were previously awarded as an option under contract N00024-16-C-2229 (T-AO 205) and are being transferred and exercised under the existing LX(R) Early Industry Involvement contract for administrative purposes."

LX(R) Amphibious Ship Replacement program awarded early industry involvement contracts to two U.S. Shipyards (Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding Division; and General Dynamics NASSCO) that have the facilities and resources to build a large amphibious ship without major re-capitalization.

NASSCO will be required to perform design efforts, special studies, analyses, and reviews in support of the LX(R) Amphibious Ship Replacement program acceleration and contract design.

The tasking may include efforts related to systems engineering, marine engineering, naval architecture, cost estimating and computer modeling. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (77 percent); Bath, Maine (19 percent); and Pittsfield, Massachusetts (4 percent), and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2017.

Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $5,369,000 is being obligated at time of award, and contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

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