Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, is being awarded a $261,776,539 modification to a previously-awarded Navy contract for the detail design and construction (DD&C) of the 13th and 14th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ships. The modification includes options that, if exercised, would bring its cumulative value to $370,733,399.
According to the Department of Defense: “This modification will award the DD&C effort for EPF 13 and EPF 14 and definitize and subsume the long-lead-time material undefinitized contract actions for EPFs 13 and 14. Note: the funding obligated covers the DD&C award and also definitizes the UCAs — which results in a total greater than the face value of the award.”
The EPF class provides high-speed, shallow-draft transportation capability to support the intra-theater maneuver of personnel, supplies and equipment for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Army.
Work is expected to completed by July 2022. Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $134,609,225; and fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $161,815,453 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.