HII bags US Navy cargo and weapons handling contract

The U.S. Naval Sea System Command has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries a contract for the provision of engineering services and technical, logistics, maintenance and installation/alteration support to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD).

AMSEC LLC, now part of the fleet support group of HII’s technical solutions division, will perform the work for NSWCPD’s cargo and weapons handling division in major home ports in the United States, as well as in Canada and Egypt.

If all options are exercised, the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, worth approximately $39 million, is expected to be completed by April 2022.

According to HII, the work includes ship alterations, ship change documents, authorized work items, system repairs, operability testing, certification and inspections. Tasks also include drawing and technical manual development, fabrication of material and support for cargo/weapons and personnel elevators, dumbwaiters, magazine-handling systems, aircraft elevators and vertical package conveyors. The work will be conducted on U.S. Navy and Military Sealift Command ships, including LHA- and LHD-class amphibious assault ships, LPD-class amphibious transport docks, LSD-class dock landing ships, T-AOE-class fast combat support ships and T-AKE-class dry cargo/ammunition ships.

“Our key personnel have over 112 years of combined conveyor, cargo/weapons elevator and deck machinery technical, logistics and engineering experience. With the increased operational tempo and current pressures on maintenance and modernization budgets, it is even more critical that NSWCPD can depend on a reliable partner,” James “Rocket” Hamilton, a director of operations for HII’s fleet support group said.