Crowley, based in Jacksonville, Fla., has been awarded a contract to operate and maintain six US government-owned Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) vessels for the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command.
The contract will be executed by Crowley’s Government Solutions business unit and will provide crew and sustained support for the deployment of equipment and supplies needed for US military operations around the world. Crowley will also provide extensive maintenance between deployments to improve the ship’s mission readiness.
Maritime Prepositioning Force ships strategically position military equipment and supplies at sea, including tanks, ammunition, food, water, cargo, hospital equipment, petroleum products and spare parts. spare parts, to ensure their availability for rapid delivery ashore in the event of war, humanitarian or other disaster. military operations.
The contract awarded to Crowley covers an initial period of one year and includes options for an additional four years that could be worth up to $343.3 million.
“Crowley is proud to continue to support the logistics needs of the U.S. Army through the successful operation and maintenance of Maritime Preposition Force vessels,” said Shiju Zacharia, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley. Government Solutions. “We are honored that the U.S. government continues to view Crowley as a trusted, high-performing source and strategic partner throughout its operations and supply chain and allowing us to demonstrate our commitment to our military members around the world. .”
According to the MSC website, the MPF ships are organized into two squadrons of Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS), each comprising four to six MPF ships as well as additional prepositioning ships. Each MPS squadron carries enough equipment and supplies to support more than 16,000 Marine Corps and Navy personnel for up to 30 days.