Penn Ship Awarded Navy Contract For Overhaul And Maintenance Of Frigate

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $21,116,087 contract to Pennsylvania Shipbuilding Company of Chester, Pa., for the "phased maintenance" of the USS Patterson (FF- 1061), the first of four Naval Reserve Force frigates to be based in Philadelphia.

The contract calls for four overhauls during a five-year period, and for the provision of all other maintenance and repair requirements, whether routine or emergency in nature, during that period. It is a costplus- award-fee type contract; the shipyard will be paid all the costs it incurs plus a fee that will range between three and 10 percent, depending upon performance.

Penn Ship expects that this new contract will generate a year-round requirement for about 50 personnel, plus some 150 additional workers during each three-month overhaul period. The first overhaul is scheduled to run from September 24 through December 20 this year.

The 438-foot Patterson was built by Avondale Shipyards and commissioned in 1968.

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