NationalDefenseMagazine.org is reporting the competition for the OPC contract is heated, with eight yards having submitted bids.
“Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La.; Eastern Shipbuilding, Panama City, Fla.; General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; General Dynamics Nassco, San Diego; Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Miss.; Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wis.; Vigor Shipyards, Seattle and VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss.”
They asked all eight for comment, but only obtained substantive comment from Vigor, Bollinger, Huntington Ingalls, and Marinette Marine.
We should not be surprised that many yards entered the competition. For some of these yards, this is the largest contract they can ever hope to be awarded. Even for the largest yards, it is potentially steady work for many years, perhaps though 2032, if the full 25 are completed at the planned rate of less than two a year.
The RFP closed January 23. The Commandant has said we will hear soon which three yards will be given contracts to further develop their proposals and provide contract designs for the second phase of the competition.