The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific awarded Science Applications International Corp. a prime task order to continue to provide training and care for marine mammals participating in the Navy’s Marine Mammal Systems (MMS) based at naval submarine bases in Kings Bay, Georgia; San Diego, California; and Bangor, Washington. This follow-on task order has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total contract value of approximately $59 million, if all options are exercised, the McLean, VA-based company announced March 11.
The U.S. Navy’s MMS rely on dolphins and sea lions to find and mark the location of underwater objects. Under the task order, held for more than 25 years, SAIC provides the necessary personnel, training and continuous education curriculums, and administrative support required to provide support for the care and training to the animals and to operate/maintain MMS. This includes all necessary material and travel required to support the MMS throughout the United States and globally.
“We are proud to continue our long-term support to SSC-Pacific on MMS. These systems are critical components of the Navy’s surveillance and reconnaissance and force protection missions,” said Tom Watson, senior vice president and general manager of the Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group. “We, along with the Navy, are committed to ensuring that the Navy’s animals are well cared for and properly trained for the mission to help keep those at sea safe from harm.”