Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC, Lockport, La., has won a Navy contract worth $11,638,510 to purchase and convert an existing offshore supply vessel into an Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center range support vessel (ARSV).
The ARSV will provide ocean engineering and range support for the launch, recovery and deep ocean mooring installation and maintenance of remote operated vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, and autonomous underwater vehicles.
The vessel will operate at sea for multiple days. This will permit researchers onboard to remain on station at remote locations for days to collect data, deploy scientific equipment, and perform scientific calculations.
Work will be performed in Lockport, Louisiana, and is expected to be completed by January 2020. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $11,638,510 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received.
The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.