Hampton Roads firms win defense work

Hugh Lessig
Contact Reporterhlessig@dailypress.com
Contract to individual firms total nearly $200M

The Defense Department in April awarded nearly $200 million in contracts to Hampton Roads companies, with work ranging from ship repair to monitoring marine species.

Contracts came from the Navy, Air Force and Defense Logistics Agency. The information was provided by the Defense Department, which announces contract awards of $6.5 million or greater every business day on its website, defense.gov.

Ship construction & repair

Huntington Ingalls Industries received $7.3 million for parts related to the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford. The first-in-class ship will be delivered to the Navy next year, and is being built at HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division. The money is an add-on to a previously awarded contract.

General Dynamics, Norfolk, was awarded $35.1 million as part of a previously awarded contract for maintenance, repair and modernization for the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

Marine Hydraulics International Inc., Norfolk, is being awarded $9.8 million as part of a previous contract for work on the destroyer USS Cole. It includes maintenance, repairs and upgrades. Work is expected to be completed by November.

Marine species

HDR Environmental, Operations and Construction Inc., Norfolk, is being awarded a maximum $75 million contract to implement and manage the Navy's marine species monitoring program for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command's Atlantic and Pacific areas of responsibility.

Logistics

The Defense Logistics Agency has awarded Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., Virginia Beach, a maximum $69 million contract for various maintenance, repair and other work in an area of U.S. European Command. This is a two-year contract with two 18-month options.

Other

In addition to the contracts listed above, other awards in April had ties to Hampton Roads.

Didlake Inc., Manassas, was given a $7.9 million contract for annual custodial work at Naval Air Station Oceana, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The maximum dollar value, including the base period and four option years, is $40,303,053.

Atlantic Diving Supply in Virginia Beach is one of three firms that won contracts for work relating to littoral ships and underwater mines. The maximum dollar value, including the base period and four option years, for all three contracts combined is $35 million, and the companies will compete for individual delivery orders. Atlantic Diving Supply is initially being awarded $15,028.

General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded $7.03 million as part of a previous contract for already accomplished procurement and manufacturing of onboard repair parts. Seventy-five percent of the work was performed in Newport News. EB and Newport News Shipbuilding are the only two U.S. shipyards that build nuclear-powered submarines.

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., was awarded nearly $12.3 million as part of a previous contract for early design work on a new class of amphibious warship. The LX(R) program aims to build a new class of 11 amphibious ships for the Navy. The Navy wants to procure the first LX(R) in FY2020. The Navy has awarded early contracts to Ingalls — a division of Newport News-based HII — and General Dynamics NASSCO.

Lessig can be reached by phone at 757-247-7821.

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