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Metal Shark wins Navy order worth potential $47.4 million

Written by Nick Blenkey
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MARCH 16, 2015 — Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, doing business as Metal Shark Aluminum Boats, Jeanerette, LA, is being awarded a $15,309,410 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the construction of 7-meter rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) in support of future Foreign Military Sales (FMS) requirements. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $47,408,209.  

The intent of the contract is to procure boats in a flexible baseline configuration that can be rapidly adapted (via minor post-delivery alterations) and delivered to support specific FMS case requirements.  The 7-meter RHIBs support a range of missions including personnel/cargo transfer, search and rescue, open water patrol, vessel interdiction and boarding, and insertion/extraction of forces.  
Boats will operate from shore bases or with support from other vessels, but are not intended for manned launch/recovery from parent vessel at sea.

Work will be performed in Jeanerette and is expected to be completed by February 2019. 

Fiscal 2015 special defense acquisition funding in the amount of $1,432,858 is being 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 three offers received.  

The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-15-D-2211).

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