Engineering and operational solutions firm, Alion Science and Technology has received a contract to help ensure that US Navy’s non-nuclear surface fleet vessels operating for extended periods meet national security goals.

The $192m contract, which includes one base year and two option years, has been awarded by the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Deputy Commander for Surface Warfare (SEA 21) under the US Navy’s Seaport-E contract.

Under the contract, Alion will provide technical, programme, business and financial management services to help ensure that all non-nuclear surface ships, with the exception of the Littoral Combat Ships, are maintained and upgraded during their service life.

The company will also be responsible for supporting crew training systems, which will help members become familiar with systems used throughout each ship.

"Every surface ship, whether recently commissioned or currently in-service, must be able to meet the country’s national security objectives."

Alion executive vice-president Rod Riddick said: "Every surface ship, whether recently commissioned or currently in-service, must be able to meet the country’s national security objectives, whether that means responding to threats or providing humanitarian support.

"Alion is poised to help make certain that the fleet is fully capable of supporting the navy’s missions from the day each ship is delivered through its service life."

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The contract and two award terms was awarded under the navy’s under a seaport-enhanced (SeaPort-e) contract.

SeaPort-e is an electronic platform that enables the Navy to acquire support services in 22 functional areas, including engineering, and financial and programme management.

In 2014, Alion was awarded a contract by the US Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to support the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, Indiana’s mission to equip soldiers with the latest weapon systems and sensors.