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VSE’s International Group has been awarded a series of contracts to continue work performed under its foreign military sales (FMS) naval ship transfer and repair (N*STAR) contract through the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) International Fleet Support Programme.

Valued at $13.4m, the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract task orders include Egyptian Navy fast missile craft (FMC) post-delivery activation, maintenance and training; Philippine Navy and Marine Corps in-country technical assistance; and Bahrain Navy engineering, technical and logistics support programmes.

VSE International Group president Harry Flammang said that the company and its N*STAR Team are committed to providing superior training and technical services to foreign navy allies under the NAVSEA FMS contract.

"These delivery orders allow us to provide vital support to foreign navies to achieve their maritime mission requirements," Flammang added.

Under the first $7.6m contract, the company will provide technical, logistic and administrative support on post-delivery activation and reactivation plans for critical systems and subsystems in support of four FMCs being delivered to Egypt.

"These delivery orders allow us to provide vital support to foreign navies to achieve their maritime mission requirements."

The contract, which has a performance period of 13 months, also includes the provision of in-country support to the Egyptian Navy.

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As part of a 12-month $2.7m contract, VSE will provide in-country engineering, technical, and logistics support to the Philippine Navy and Philippine Marine Corps for the BRP General Mariano Alvarez costal patrol ship.

Specific services include all on-site coordination and management of repairs and maintenance, as well as supply support.

The third $1.75m, 10-month contract covers the provision of in-country engineering field services, including technical assistance and support for shipboard and shipyard maintenance, equipment maintenance and repair, and training to the Royal Bahrain Navy in support of its RBNS Sabha frigate.

In addition, the company will provide an array of logistics, technical, planning and engineering services to several foreign navies under various follow-on technical support delivery orders, which have a combined value of $1.5m and a period of performance of 12 to 15 months.

Image: The BRP General Mariano Alvarez costal patrol ship docked at Manila, Philippines. Photo: US Department of Defense.

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