The beleaguered littoral combat ship program is pushing ahead at Mayport Naval Station, slated to be the East-Coast hub for the ships.
Leebcor Services, LCC, of Williamsburg, Va., was awarded a $13.8 million contract to construct the logistics support facility for the littoral combat ship squadron and other organizations that will support it.
The facility will also serve as headquarters for the squadron’s administration and extra crews.
Under the Navy’s manning plans, there will be three crews for every two ships.
“The LCS lean manning concept requires that the majority of administrative, maintenance and training activities are accomplished ashore,” said Cmdr. Pete Ehlers. “The logistics support facility will provide a headquarters for the [squadron] staff in order to support for off-hull core crew and mission module detachments.”
The mission modules are meant to give the LCS the capability to perform various missions for the Navy. Three have been developed: a surface warfare module, a mine counter-measure module and an anti-submarine module.
However, originally intended to be changed out in 72 hours, the Navy recently found that swaps could take three weeks.
In any event, Mayport is still scheduled to receive eight of the ships by 2020 and the facility is another step towards meeting that goal.
The construction is planned to be completed by November 2015 with the first LCS arriving at Mayport in 2016.
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