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December defense contracts bring bounty to Ingalls Shipbuilding

December defense contracts bring bounty to Ingalls Shipbuilding
December brought good news for the Gulf Coast operation of Huntington Ingalls Industries with the award of two Navy contracts potentially worth $442 million.

Defense contractors in Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach also received awards, according to Defense Department records.

Both contracts awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of HII, involve the San Antonio-class amphibious warship program.

A $200 million contract will allow Ingalls to begin purchasing material and equipment for the 12th and final San Antonio-class ship. Known for their flexibility, the ships accommodate helicopters and landing craft that transport Marines to the beach for a wide variety of missions.

Ingalls has delivered nine San Antonio-class ships. The San Antonio, Mesa Verde and Arlington are home-ported in Norfolk. The 10th and 11th are under construction.

Getting the 12th ship was important for Ingalls, which wanted to keep its production line going, Ingalls President Brian Cuccias said when the award was announced in early December.

The San Antonio hull design will serve as the basis for the Navy's next small amphibious ship. It hasn't been designed and goes by LX(R).

Ingalls also received a $34.8 million contract for engineering and other services on the San Antonio-class fleet. The contract is worth up to $242 million if all options are exercised. It will allow Ingalls shipbuilders to upgrade the ships with the latest technology while in port.

Following is a list of other notable contract awards won by Hampton Roads companies in December. The information comes from the Defense Department website. Every business day, it publishes contract awards of $7 million or more, on defense.gov. Unless otherwise noted, these are Navy contracts.

Three Hampton Roads companies were awarded separate contracts to remove and re-apply non-skid material on Navy or other military-type ships. Main Industries, Hampton: $45.6 million; UHP Projects, Newport News: $57.3 million; and East Coast Repair and Fabrication, Norfolk: $57.8 million. Although the first two contracts are smaller, both could go to $57.8 million if all options are exercised.

•Maersk Line Ltd., Norfolk, was awarded $14.5 million to exercise an option under a previously awarded contract for the charter of one U.S. flagged tanker. The vessel delivers fuel each year to the National Science Foundation in Antarctica and a Defense Department facility in Greenland.

•WR Systems Ltd., Norfolk, received an $18.5 million contract for engineering services and other work related to navigation systems. Contract options, if exercised, would bring the deal's total value to $97.5 million.

•Three companies, two in Norfolk, received one-month contract extensions for delivery services worldwide. Maersk, $20.8 million; and Farrell Lines Inc., $12.6 million. This contract comes from U.S. Transportation Command.

•Mythics Inc., Virginia Beach, was given an Army contract worth nearly $10 million for software maintenance. Work will be performed at Fort Belvoir.

Source: Daily Press

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