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Military Logistics

Patriot Contract Services awarded deal to operate and maintain USNS cargo vessels

5th March 2021 - 16:33 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

​Military sealift vessels plays a significant role in prepositioning US equipment throughout the world.

Patriot Contract Services has been awarded a $40 million firm-fixed-price contract for the operation and maintenance of eight government-owned large, medium-speed, roll-on, roll-off vessels. 

According to the US DoD the work will be performed worldwide and have an expected completion date of 31 March, 2026. The maximum dollar value could reach $455 million, including the base period and four option years. 

The vessels under the award include USNS Watson; USNS Sisler; USNS Dahl (pictured); USNS Red Cloud; USNS Charlton; USNS Watkins; USNS Pomeroy and USNS Soderman.

The eight Watson-class vehicle cargo ships are used by the US Military Sealift Command under the equipment prepositioning programme. Commissioned from 1998 onwards, the vessels displace 63,000t at full load and have a cargo capacity of 36,511m2.

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