Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Reading Between the Lines - Part 2

Sep 5, 2012 Groton — By Jennifer McDermott, Day Staff Writer
Navy expected to award EB two major contracts for USS Miami repairs

[T]he Navy told congressional staffers that EB will receive both contracts because of the extensiveness of the repairs and because of the company's expertise as the manufacturer of the submarine, according to a staff member who attended the meeting and asked not to be identified.

The work will be a joint effort between EB and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, since the submarine is staying at the naval shipyard, where the fire occurred, the staffer said.

The person also said the USS Providence, which was scheduled for maintenance at the shipyard, may now go to EB for the work since the Miami will remain at the Maine shipyard for longer than expected.

QUESTION 1 (reading between the lines): Will PNS receive major submarine work in the future without a submariner in command of the shipyard ? ANS: Possibly, but without an intervening war, the answer is UNKNOWN.

Sep 5, 2012 Groton — [ibid]

The first contract will be about $100 million, followed by an award of roughly $335 million in the spring, the person said, and EB will have, at its peak, 300 employees working on the project.

The Navy has said it will fix the submarine by April 30, 2015, because the Miami still has 10 years remaining in its roughly 30-year service life, making it eligible for at least five more deployments.

QUESTION 2 (reading between the lines): As of today the Navy will spend at least $435 Million to restore USS Miami to service for 5 more deployments. What will be the average cost (excluding payroll, consumables, etc. of each of the anticipated deployments? ANS: $87 Million.

1 - More about USS Miami's catastrophic shipyard fire may be found here.
2- Reading Betwwen the Lines - Part 1 can be found here.

Submarines are always silent and strange.



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