SIU Maintains Jobs on Bob Hope LMSRs

 

June 2014

 

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SIU jobs aboard seven Bob Hope-class vessels are secure following a recent announcement by the Defense Department.

 

In late April, the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) exercised an option to extend by one year the existing operating agreement of Seafarers-contracted General Dynamics American Overseas Marine (AMSEA) covering those ships. The original contract was awarded in 2010 and includes options that would extend through the third quarter of 2017.

 

The extension covers the large, medium- speed, roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) vessels USNS Bob Hope, USNS Benavidez, USNS Brittin, USNS Fisher, USNS Mendonca, USNS Pililaau and USNS Seay.

 

SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker stated, “These extensions are not automatic, and this one clearly is a credit to the SIU crews and AMO officers aboard the ships as well as to AMSEA. I know our SIU brothers and sisters will continue doing a great job.”

 

“AMSEA has successfully operated the vessels in this program for the last nine years and we will continue our superior service for our customer under this new contract,” said AMSEA President Thomas Merrell.

 

During Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, LMSRs carried much of the U.S. military equipment to the Middle East. Each one can carry an entire U.S. Army Task Force, including 58 tanks and 48 other tracked vehicles, as well as more than 900 trucks and other wheeled vehicles.

 

The Bob Hope ships, which can sail at up to 24 knots, were built at Avondale in New Orleans and were delivered from 1998 to 2003.

 

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