McKean Defense Group has received a US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) PMS 339 contract to provide fleet introduction support services for new construction and in-service vessels.

The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract is valued at more than $56m and involves a five-year period of performance.

Under the contract, McKean will provide administrative, logistics, engineering, combat systems, deck and aviation technical support, training, commissioning services and IT/network support.

The support services will be provided in Maine, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Wisconsin, California, Mississippi, and Washington, DC.

This year, McKean personnel will support engineering, logistics and commissioning tasks for 30 fleet introduction efforts.

McKean Defense Group CEO Joseph Carlini said: “This work is dynamic, and touches many important aspects associated with launching new ships or returning others to the Fleet after major overhauls.

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“This work is dynamic, and touches many important aspects associated with launching new ships or returning others to the Fleet after major overhauls.”

“We appreciate the navy’s confidence in McKean continuing to support this effort, and to assist them as they employ enhanced technology to support their infrastructure and the commissioning events.”

The contract is the second order McKean has secured for PMS 339. In 2013, the company received a similar contract to provide logistics, technical, training, administration and IT support for naval vessels.

McKean Defense is a US-based business specialised in lifecycle management, engineering, enterprise transformation, and programme management.

Established in 2011, PMS 339 serves as the surface training systems programme manager within NAVSEA. It is the single point of contact for strategic programme planning, policy, acquisition, lifecycle management, research and development and technical implementation into navy surface training systems.

PMS 339 comprises three major divisions, namely Surface Training Systems, Current Readiness, and New Construction MPT/FIT.