SSN 764 Boise
Fast-attack submarines like Boise have multi-faceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary's military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority. Boise was built by Newport News Shipbuilding. The contract to build SSN 764 was awarded on 02/06/1987 and her keel was laid on 08/25/1988. She was launched on 03/23/1991, and commissioned Nov. 7, 1992. The 360-foot submarine is the second naval ship to be named in honor of the city of Boise. The crew compliment includes 13 officers and 116 enlisted Sailors.
The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk from a deployment, 16 January 2015. Boise, under the command of Cmdr. Scott C. Luers, is returning from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operation's Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations. "Boise steamed more than 37,000 miles conducting operations in challenging high contact density, shallow water environments spanning the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets," said Luers. "We completed three missions vital to national security, 14 strategic strait transits in support of time sensitive operations and key theater commander tasking. The ship provided operational commanders a unique indication of submerged and surfaced threats, giving additional support and protection to high value units in theater operations." The USS Boise, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine based in Norfolk, VA, lost its dive certification – meaning it can no longer submerge – due to a large maintenance backlog at the public shipyards. The submarine had been sitting pierside for about 47 months, according to Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran. On March 17, the Navy issued a solicitation to private shipyards for the engineering overhaul of the Boise. In a letter 07 May 2018 to acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, Democratic senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy asked that the Navy accelerate the awarding of the contract and about $20 million in planning funds.
Work on the Boise was scheduled to start in January 2019, but the senators are “confident” work can begin in mid-2018. The senators suggest that the $20 million in planning funds could come from the $1 trillion spending bill signed by President Donald Trump last week. The bill includes $280 million more than what then-President Barack Obama requested for operation and maintenance funding for the Navy. Congress did not pass the fiscal year 2017 budget before Obama left office.
The Fiscal Year (FY) 19 Engineered Overhaul (EOH) on the USS Boise (SSN 764). The USS Boise EOH includes advance planning, engineering and design efforts, prefabrication, and shipyard execution. The product of the USS Boise EOH is a repaired, mission-ready USS Boise (SSN 764). This requirement will be competed between Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) and General Dynamics, Electric Boat (EB). These two private shipyards are the only nuclear qualified and certified shipyards capable of performing this work. The USS Boise EOH planning is projected to start on 16 October 2017 with an expected duration of 15 months. EOH was scheduled to commence 9 Jan 2019.
Huntington Ingalls Inc. - Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia, is being awarded a $59,784,744 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for planning and execution of the fiscal 2019 USS Boise (SSN 764) engineered overhaul. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $385,679,633. Work will be performed in Newport News, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by February 2021. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $55,884,394 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $3,900,350 will be obligated at contract award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-18-C-4314).
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