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Construction Contract Awarded for Beaufort Joint Strike Fighter Training Facility

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110608-03

By Sue Brink, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $70,300,000 contract on June 6 to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando, Fla. for construction of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Training Facility and Training Hangar at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, S.C.

"This contract award not only represents the future of Marine Corps aviation, but also the future of the Marine Corps in Beaufort," said MCAS Beaufort Commanding Officer Col. Brian Murtha.

The work to be performed consists of a new training and simulator facility and a new aircraft hangar.

The new training facility and simulator will include flight simulator spaces, training classrooms, briefing and debriefing rooms, network equipment rooms, administrative offices and mechanical and electrical rooms.

"MCAS Beaufort's existing hangars are reaching the end of useful life at 50 years old and must be replaced to meet the changing mission of the Air Station," stated Murtha. "This construction project moves MCAS Beaufort one step closer to receiving the Joint Strike Fighter and ensuring that we continue to meet the training and operational requirements as America's Expeditionary Force in Readiness."

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