Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) has been contracted to continue delivering training and care services for marine mammals participating in the US Navy’s Marine Mammal Systems (MMS).
Awarded by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific, the prime, follow-on task order comes with a one-year base period of performance and four one-year options.
The total value of the contract, which SAIC has held for more than 25 years, is expected to be almost $59m, if all options are exercised.
Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group senior vice-president and general manager Tom Watson said: "We are proud to continue our long-term support to SSC Pacific on MMS. These systems are critical components of the navy’s surveillance and reconnaissance and force protection missions.
"We, along with the navy, are committed to ensuring that the navy’s animals are well cared for and properly trained for the mission to help keep those at sea safe from harm."
As part of the contract, the company will provide the personnel, training and continuous education, as well as administrative support.
SAIC will also provide the necessary material and travel support for the MMS throughout the US and worldwide.
MMS is based at submarine bases in Kings Bay, Georgia, San Diego, California, and Bangor, Washington, US. It depends on dolphins and sea lions to identify and locate underwater objects.
Image: A Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) with a locator beacon. Photo: courtesy of the US Navy, photo by photographer’s mate 1st Class Brien Aho.