General Dynamics‘ NASSCO subsidiary, Huntington Ingalls Industries and VT Halter Marine have been picked to draft proposals for a new class of U.S. Navy fleet replenishment oilers, the San Diego Union Tribune reported Wednesday.
Gary Robbins writes the Navy plans to acquire 17 oilers and it will give the companies seed funding for the preliminary work.
Frank McCarthey, program manager for support ships, boats and craft at the Naval Sea Systems Command, told the Union Tribune the branch aims to acquire a design that supports energy efficiency.
The companies agreed to perform auxiliary ship development for less than $1.7 million and they are expected to prepare their plans within six to 10 months, according to the report.
Contract work for the first replenishment oiler is scheduled to start in fiscal year 2016, Robbins reports.