US-based technical services company VSE has received a cost-plus award fee delivery order, valued at up to $74m, to support the reactivation of ex-USS Taylor (FFG 50) and ex-USS Gary (FFG 51) for Taiwan Navy.

The contract has been awarded 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.

Under the terms of the deal, which carries a 16-month period of performance, VSE will be responsible for managing the industrial work, logistics and crew training that is essential to reactivate the ships for the Taiwan Navy.

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

Federal Services Group president JR Brown said: “VSE and our entire N*STAR team remain committed to providing superior engineering, logistics and training services to our foreign navy allies under our NAVSEA FMS contract.

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

VSE CEO, president and COO Maurice Gauthier added: “Our N*STAR Team is comprised of the maritime industry’s best firms at providing affordable sustainment of allied fleet assets and modernising those assets to provide mission relevance across a broad spectrum of operational needs.”

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As part of the contract, each ship will receive a dry-docking selected restricted availability (DSRA).

During this period, all hull, mechanical and electrical systems, as well as chosen combat systems will be reactivated and thoroughly tested to ensure that the ships get back to their full operating capability.

The Taiwanese crews will also receive classroom, on-the-job, and underway operational exercises training on both maintenance and operation of the two US FFG systems.

The industrial work under the new order is being carried out in Charleston, South Carolina, US.