Vigor Marine Receives $15M Contract for Regular Overhaul of USNS Charles Drew

Vigor Marine LLC is awarded a firm-fixed-price contract, worth around $15 million, for a 75 calendar-day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry-docking of USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10).

Work will be performed in Portland, Oregon, and is expected to be completed by May 9, 2020. The maximum dollar value, including base period and six options, is around $15 million. Fiscal 2020 working capital funds in the amount of around $14.6 million are being obligated at the time of the award. Contract funds for this amount are obligated in fiscal 2020 and do not expire at the end of year.

This contract was competitively procured with one company soliciting via the Federal Business Opportunities website and one offer received. The Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) at Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N32205-20-C-6172).

USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC).

The vessel is named in honor of Dr. Charles R. Drew (1904–1950), who developed improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge in developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II, saving thousands of Allied lives.

The contract to build Charles Drew was awarded to the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 31 January 2008. Her keel was laid down on 17 March 2009. Charles Drew was christened and launched on 27 February 2010, sponsored by Mrs. Bebe Drew Price, the eldest daughter of Dr. Drew.

Charles Drew was delivered to Military Sealift Command on 14 July 2010 and began conducting missions for MSC in spring 2011.

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