Arlington, Va.-based Gibbs & Cox designed the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), but in recent years has
expanded its engineering services to commercial shipyards and ship repair companies. The first LCS, USS Freedom, is
shown here July 20 during a scheduled four-month maintenance period in a dry dock at Naval Base San Diego.
BAE repair yards — Norfolk,Va.; Jacksonville, Fla.;
Mobile, Ala.; San Diego and San Francisco; and Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii — to contract Gibbs & Cox directly for
engineering services in support of repair, fabrication and
new construction work, including “general engineering
support to supplement BAE Systems’ staff engineers,
deck plate field service engineers and proposal inputs,”
G&C said in a Nov. 17 release.
In the last half of 2011, G&C participated in
approximately 10 projects for BAE, “bringing in engineers for quick study or quick analysis or supporting
them on their Enhanced Process Control Program —
breaking down their engineering on a ship-by-ship
basis, a requirement the Navy has put out,” Biben said.
G&C is a member of Alexandria, Va.-based VSE
Corp.’s Naval Ship Transfer and Repair (N*STAR)
team, which provides continuous life-cycle support for
ex-U.S. Navy ships for transfer or sale under the
Foreign Military Sales program [see story on Page 44].
The N*STAR team is operating under a five-year,
potentially $1.5 billion indefinite-delivery, indefinite-
quantity NAVSEA contract awarded Oct. 3, according
to a Jan. 30 VSE release.