JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded an $11 million contract June 26 to Head Inc., a small business out of Columbus, Ohio, for construction of a simulated landing helicopter dock (LHD) flight deck at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Beaufort, S.C.
"The LHD deck is another key project to prepare MCAS Beaufort for transition to the F-35 Lightning II," said MCAS Beaufort Commanding Officer Col. Brian C. Murtha. "It will simulate the conditions of operating aboard an amphibious ship and provide critical training to pilots."
Murtha explained that conducting flight operations and aircraft maintenance from the deck of a ship is a very unforgiving environment stating Marines must be ready to do it right the first time.
"This LDH training facility will give MCAS Beaufort the capability to ensure Marines have the proper training for shipboard operations," said Murtha.
Construction includes a LHD flight deck made with high temperature resistant concrete and a new Landing Officer Safety Officer tower to support F-35 training and operational squadrons.
The project also includes construction of a simulated short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) LHD landing deck with foreign object debris (FOD) zones, airfield lighting and associated electrical upgrades.
"NAVFAC Southeast continues to demonstrate its commitment to maximize opportunities for Small Businesses," said Jennifer Reeder, NAVFAC Southeast assistant deputy for Small Business.
"I'm proud to be part of an organization that chooses Small Business as the first option to meet our contracting requirement," said Reeder.
Work for this project is expected to be completed by July 2014.
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