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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.

I.E.-Pacific to Repair BEQ

The U.S. Navy awarded I.E.-Pacific Inc., a small business from Escondido, a $19.8 million task order under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract for the repair of an existing bachelor enlisted quarters facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The task order also contains one unexercised option which, if exercised, would increase the cumulative task order value to $19.9 million. Work is expected to be completed by May 2023. The Navy received five proposals for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest of San Diego awarded the contract, announced on Nov. 10.

Federal Orders for Cue Health

The Defense Logistics Agency awarded Cue Health Inc. of San Diego an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for laboratory supplies and wares that could be worth as much as $49.5 million with economic price adjustment. This was a competitive acquisition with 47 responses received. The five-year contract has no option periods. The ordering period ends Nov. 5, 2026. Using customers are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support office of Philadelphia awarded the deal, announced on Nov. 4.

Infrared Countermeasure Work Awarded

The U.S. Navy awarded Chemring Australia Pty Ltd. of Lara, Victoria, Australia a $19.7 million modification to a previously awarded contract. This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of 9,728 MJU-68/B Flare Infrared Countermeasures, to include 7,256 for the Navy; 1,152 for the Air Force; 528 for the government of Norway; 336 for the government of Japan; 312 for the government of Netherlands; and 144 for the government of Italy in support of the F-35 Lightning II program. Some 28% of the work will be performed in San Diego. Work will also be performed in Australia (48%) and Toone, Tennessee (24%) and is expected to be completed in November 2022. The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland awarded the contract, announced on Oct. 25.