The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast has awarded an approximately $36m contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Company for the development of a Triton Forward Operating Base (FOB) Hangar at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Florida.
NS Mayport is the first basing site selected for the Triton project, and will be used to establish and address threshold requirements for initial operational capability (IOC) for the Triton unmanned aerial system in 2019.
NS Mayport commanding officer captain David Yoder said: “Awarding this contract marks another significant step in supporting the new Triton mission at NS Mayport.
“The Triton programme is a key element of our future navy, and we fully support the development of critical infrastructure that will ensure NS Mayport's ability to effectively and efficiently support the fleet well into the future.”
Plans currently outlined for the development include the design and construction of a multi-storey, steel-framed, concrete masonry aircraft maintenance hangar, as well as a storage facility and aircraft apron to accommodate the Triton programme FOB requirements and related facilities.
The new hangar facility will offer anti-terrorism / force protection (AT / FP) features and comply with the Department of Defense’s minimum AT standards for buildings.
It will be equipped with built-in equipment such as power service points, an aqueous film-forming foam fire suppression system, a 5t overhead bridge crane, passenger elevator, emergency generator, aircraft cooling units, power units, compressed air system and wash racks.
The facility is expected to be completed by September 2019, while the remaining Triton programme platforms will be based at five strategically selected sites worldwide.