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The USS Portland is an amphibious transport dock ship, one of several types of ships covered under a contract awarded to QED Systems. The new deal calls on QED to support maintenance availabilities. In this view, the Portland undergoes sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico in 2017.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy The USS Portland is an amphibious transport dock ship, one of several types of ships covered under a contract awarded to QED Systems. The new deal calls on QED to support maintenance availabilities. In this view, the Portland undergoes sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico in 2017.

The U.S. Navy awarded QED Systems Inc. of Virginia Beach, Virginia a $49.3 million modification to a previously awarded contract. Under the deal, QED will support availabilities — that is, periods of time set aside in a ship’s schedule for maintenance, repairs and modernization. Here the Navy exercised options for Specification Development and Availability Execution Support for several types of ships: cruisers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships, amphibious transport dock ships and dock landing ships. Some 45% of the work will be performed in San Diego, with other work in Virginia Beach, Virginia (45%) and Bremerton, Washington (10%). Work is expected to be completed by October 2022. The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the contract, announced on Oct. 29. ...