The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast has contracted US-based construction services provider Sauer to construct a littoral combat ship (LCS) operational training facility at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Florida.
Under the $25m contract, Sauer will construct a steel-frame, reinforced concrete multi-story specialised training facility with standing seam roof and pile foundation.
The building will house systems trainers, simulators, classrooms, personnel support space, a high-bay operational training area and applied instruction space suited to train personnel for the Freedom-class (LCS 2) platform.
The new facility is slated to be completed by 2018.
NS Mayport commanding officer captain David Yoder said: "Awarding this contract marks another significant step in supporting additional homeporting of Littoral Combat Ships at NS Mayport.
"The LCS 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 serve as the East Coast homeport for these innovative ships."
The crew will be trained within the LCS operational training facility and not on the actual ships.
Yoder added: "Training of LCS crews is unique and is a key enabler to operating these ships.
"The small crew size and multi-crewing is a departure from traditional navy manning concepts.
“Operational demands on the small, rotating LCS crews will not allow sufficient time for underway instruction as is practiced in legacy crewing concepts. LCS sailors must therefore report to a seaframe ready to deploy for a mission, stand watches and carry out their other duties prior to deployment."
The facility will be incorporated with anti-terrorism / force protection (AT/FP) features while complying with AT/FP regulations, and physical security mitigation conforming to the US Department of Defense (DoD) Minimum Anti-Terrorism Standards for buildings.