I thought this GODDAMNED EMMEFFING thing was cold stacked!

what the FUCK!

[B]MSC extends TOTE Services SBX-1 contract[/B]

OCTOBER 1, 2014 — TOTE Services, Inc., Jacksonville, FL, has been awarded a $7,065,332 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-12-C-2500) to exercise a one-year option for the operation and maintenance of the Sea-Based X-Band Radar Platform (SBX-1).

The vessel that mounts the radar is a converted semi-submersible rig originally built at the Vyborg Shipyard in Russia for Moss Maritime (now part of the Saipem offshore company) and purchased for the Sea-based X-band Radar project by the Boeing company, outfitted with propulsion, power and living quarters at the AmFELS shipyard in Brownsville, Texas, and integrated with the radar at the Kiewit yard in Ingleside, Texas.

The vessel is operated for the Missile Defense Agency to provide limited test support services and is a contingency component of the Ground Based Mid-Course Defense element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System for the U.S. Strategic Command.

The vessel may also be used for other government missions as directed or placed in a reduced operating status.

Work under the contract mod will be performed in the Pacific Ocean operating area, and is expected to be completed by September 2015. Fiscal 2015 Navy working capital funds in the amount of $7,065,332 are obligated on award, and will not expire at the end of fiscal 2015. The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

That’s $19,200 a day! FOR WHAT and WHY?

There is absolutely NO sanity left in Washingtoon!

The only thing I got out of that article…THAT thing has propulsion!!!

Smells like campaign funding time again …

The war on Drugs?

It would be cheaper than having 3 naval ships out there running around burning fuel looking for the low slow flyers. 19K a day is cheap for that thing.

[QUOTE=AB Murph;145443]The war on Drugs?[/QUOTE]

Probably not a lot of low slow flyers hauling drugs into Hawaii.

I’m just going to have to assume that the contract is to provide a minimum manning to maintain the EFFING PIG in an ROS status? Obviously, $19k/day ain’t enough to operate the THING!

It’s still $7M going right down a toilet but fuck it!

[QUOTE=c.captain;145459]I’m just going to have to assume that the contract is to provide a minimum manning to maintain the EFFING PIG in an ROS status? Obviously, $19k/day ain’t enough to operate the THING!

It’s still $7M going right down a toilet but fuck it![/QUOTE]

More like nearly a $1 Billion payoff to Boeing and Raytheon. It looks like someone needed a campaign contribution from Tote.