General Dynamics (GD) NASSCO has been contracted by the US Navy to provide support and services for amphibious warfare and surface combatant ships home-ported in the Port of San Diego.
Under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, which is valued at $1.32bn among awardees, GD will undertake operations to overhaul, upgrade and maintain the navy’s six classes of military combat and amphibious vessels that are currently docked in San Diego.
General Dynamics NASSCO repair division vice-president and general manager Dave Carver said: "We look forward to the opportunity to work with the US Navy in support of the modernisation and repair efforts for the combatant and amphibious ships home-ported in the Port of San Diego."
The operation to upgrade and repair the vessels is currently being undertaken by the company in four ports throughout the US, with the majority of work centered in San Diego.
Other ports include Mayport, Florida; Bremerton, Washington; and Norfolk, Virginia.
The US Navy’s fleet of amphibious assault ships is instrumental in assisting in operations such as crisis response, humanitarian operations and disaster relief.
The vessels can cruise at a fast rate on water, as well as over land, and can embark their cargo of troops, equipment, supplies, and aircraft, as well as tracked and wheeled all-terrain vehicles and other amphibious landing craft and assault vehicles.
The surface combatant ships are deployed to engage enemy ships, submarines or aircraft on water, and are deployed into a range of missions, including counter-narcotics operations and maritime interdiction.
Earlier this month, GD was selected to conduct phased maintenance availability (PMA) aboard the US Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Essex (LHD-2).
Image: A US Navy amphibious assault ship, USS Tarawa (LHA 1). Photo: courtesy of Jon Husman.