DynCorp International (DI) today announced that it has been awarded a contract with the United States Navy for the operation and maintenance of Communication Suites aboard Military Sealift Command vessels.
“We are honored that the U.S. Navy has chosen us for this important contract, expanding our relationship with the Navy and highlighting our experience in the communications space,” said George Krivo, vice president of DI’s Operations and Maintenance Business area.
The competitively-awarded, fixed-price contract has one base year and four option years with a total contract value of $20.9 million if all options are exercised. This is the third consecutive award of this program to the company; the first award of this contract to the company was in July 2001, for five years, with a second follow-on award in Oct 2006, again for five years. Under the new contract, DI will provide operations and maintenance services on three maritime prepositioning squadrons and up to nine Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV), with the first JHSV beginning October 1, 2011 out of Mobile, Ala.
Military Sealift Command
The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) is the premier provider of ocean transportation to the Department of Defense. The command operates approximately 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.
MSC is organized around four mission areas representing their primary operations:
- Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force
- Special Mission
MSC’s mission is to support the U.S. by delivering supplies and conducting specialized missions across the world’s oceans.
Joint High Speed Vessel
A Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) is capable of transporting personnel, equipment and supplies in support of maneuver and sustainment operations. The JHSV would be able to transport Army and Marine Corps company-sized units with their vehicles, or reconfigure to become a troop transport for an infantry battalion.
The JHSV would include a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that would allow vehicles to quickly drive off the ship. The Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) would operate at speeds up to four times greater than the current fleet. This would provide the Army with the capability to support operational maneuver from standoff distance, bypass land-based choke-points, and reduce the logistics footprint in the Area of Responsibility. This ability to transport both troops and their equipment, and to provide an En route Mission Planning and Rehearsal System, did not previously exist.