Alabama Shipyard is awarded a contract, worth around $23.8 million, for a 96-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of the U.S. Navy fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6).
The firm-fixed-price contract (N32205) was awarded by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) which operates the vessel. This contract includes one base period and 10 options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to around $26,.4 million.
According to the Pentagon contract announcement, the contract work will be performed in Mobile, Alabama, and is expected to be complete by November 2020.
USNS Supply (T-AOE-6), ex-USS Supply (AOE-6), is the lead ship of the Supply-class fast combat support ships currently operate by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC).
Supply was laid down on 24 February 1989 and was launched on 6 October 1990. She was commissioned in the United States Navy as USS Supply (AOE-6) on 26 February 1994 at Naval Air Station, North Island in San Diego, California.
After service in the U.S. Navy from 1994 through 2001 as USS Supply (AOE-6), she was decommissioned and her weapons systems were removed, then she was transferred on 13 July 2001 to the Military Sealift Command, which designated her USNS Supply (T-AOE-6). Like other fast combat support ships, she is part of MSC’s Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force.
The Supply-class AOEs are the U.S. Navy’s largest combat logistics ship, designed as an oiler, ammunition and supply ship. These are the only U.S. Navy resupply ships able to keep up with the strike groups.
The ships displace 48,800 tons full load and carries two Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters. Two ships of the class are in active service, USNS Supply and USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8).