Fleet Readiness Centers (FRC) now have a vehicle to procure and sustain equipment thanks to the funding of a Multiple Award Contract (MAC) for equipment procurement and sustainment, announced May 28. While this is not the first MAC to be approved, this is an historic one for Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) in its scope and cost savings. The contract provides nearly $250 million in replacement, upgrades, repairs, and maintenance of industrial support equipment at various Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) locations.
The COMFRC National Business Department worked long hours and used non-traditional contracting methods to secure this MAC, completing it in record time. There are 22,500 lines of equipment pieces rolled into a single agreement. “The sheer scale of this MAC reduces procurement fees, pass through fees and man-hours, freeing up funds to purchase more equipment that actually moves the needle instead of simply paying contract costs,” according to COMFRC Director of Business Operations Adrienne Somerville.
Somerville stresses that this “one-stop shop” contract is more efficient and makes it easier to support the fleet. She notes that naval aviation readiness and in particular, the timely procurement of equipment and services, remains one of the Navy’s most important challenges.
“We are leveraging economies of scale to reduce cost. This contract has expeditious buying power, giving us urgent acquisitions that are cost effective,” said Somerville. “Having one contract with multiple suppliers gives the FRCs a pool of choices when a need arises. With all FRCs purchasing under the same contract, costs are reduced, and speed is increased.”
The initial contract is for five years. Depending upon performance, additional years can be added, one at a time, up to eight years. There is also a rolling admissions process that will allow other companies to continue to compete for part of the contract. The MAC covers a multitude of functional areas in three different FRC regions: East, Southeast, and Southwest.
“This is a huge win for artisans and for the fleet. We are capturing new technology fast and embedding it in our processes and our systems. We are providing training for new systems and equipment, and consistency of these from one location to another allows artisans to move seamlessly between sites and work more expeditiously,” Somerville added.
The MAC vehicle quickly provides up-to-date equipment in a cost effective and sustainable manner. Historically, depot level product lines have been challenged by obsolescence issues to include old equipment, which negatively impacts the FRCs ability to support the fleet. This acquisition is to procure, replace, upgrade, repair and maintain industrial plant equipment required to adequately support overhauling and repairing fleet aircraft, engines, and components.
This is just one of the many efforts being utilized by COMFRC to improve aviation readiness as part of the Naval Sustainment System (NSS). COMFRC Deputy Director Roy Harris is close to the NSS initiative and is pleased with how this MAC will support readiness efforts.
“The MAC is the start of a new chapter in naval aviation readiness and sustainment,” Harris said. “We are confident this is going to better equip us to equip the warfighter.”
The MAC is expected to be completed in May 2024.