Attachemnt 2 Industry Day Questions and Answers 04Nov2021.docx


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June 16, 2022



Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Professional Mariner (PM) Crew

Industry Day: Question and Answers

Wednesday, October 20, 2021



What is the English proficiency of Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) crew?

Currently the RSNF are going through a 2.5 year English language school; we anticipate they will be fairly well versed and at a basic conversational level.

What is the Professional Mariner (PM) crews expected responsibilities with aviation that is going to be tested?

Dynamic interface testing with NAVAIR will occur on the first MMSC ship. The expectation is that the PM crew will be able to support interface testing by having a qualified crew for damage control.

As a foreign ship, this is not technically under the set regulations for United States Coast Guard (USCG), what is the guidance for Offerors in developing accurate manning? Can the Navy provide a minimum manning requirement in the Request for Proposal (RFP)?

The Joint High Speed Vessel (previous name) now called the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) managed by Military Sealift Command (MSC) is the Navys frame of reference. Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) was determined to be of a similar size and complexity to the EPF.

The Navy manning guidelines are stricter than the USCG; therefore, the Navy would like the Offeror to manage manning requirements per USCG guidelines.

To what extent does the Navy anticipate USCG involvement? To what extent does the Offeror/PM Crew need to adhere to?

Currently, the Navy is still researching this. The Navy has had some early conversations with the USCG to try to define where MMSC stood with regulatory compliance.

Are the ships going to be regulated by PMS 525?

Currently, the Navy is still researching this. PMS 525 is reviewing and will regulate based on USCG guidelines.

Are there opportunities to operate the ship with commercial policies, rather than the usual way the USN operates?

For example, are we required to make a certain number of stops at ports? Are we following a Navy specific schedule or is there leeway allow Offerors to plan their own schedule

Unlike Navy ships, MMSC is not constrained to following a traditional Navy schedule when operating the ship. Operations will be dictated by a number of factors: PMS 525 test and training requirements; logistic requirements; maintenance and repair requirements. Offerors will have input into the schedule. In the example, MMSC will not make port visits unless necessary.

Can the Navy expand and provide more detail on shipboard security.

What is driving the shipboard security is that MMSC will carrying live ordnance and doing live fire testing on the ship. Because of those requirements, the Government has a heightened sense of security. The shipboard security will have to mirror what we do on USN ships. Further details will be in the RFP scope of work.

For the security imports, are there secure armory storage areas on the ship that the Offeror will have access to and can utilize?

Yes, secure storage will be available to the PM crew.

Will the Offeror be responsible to add security personnel at the gate?

Typically, this is a shared responsibility between all of the ships at the pier. This could potentially be a requirement and if so will be defined in the RFP.

Regarding security, would PMS 525 be acting as the trusted agent? Would PMS be providing a DD-254?

Navy needs to confirm who the trusted agent will be; the Government anticipates it will be PMS 525. Yes, a DD-254 will be required.

Are there any outside agencies that will be involved in determining the awardee of this contract?

No, PMS 525 is the NAVSEA organization responsible for the MMSC ship acquisition program and owns the MMSC ships through Post Delivery until formal transfer of the ship the Saudi Arabia. PMS 525 and NAVSEA 02 representatives will determine award of the contract.

How will you be sourcing the project?

The Navys intent is Full & Open competition for a single contract that covers all 4 ships, approximately 7 years period of performance. The posting of the RFP will be on

The RFP may include an option CLIN to provide support for the sailaway from Mayport to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

What other cases does PMS 525 handle?

Shipbuilding of MMSC ships, including the design and construction, as well as, training of RSNF crew. In addition, PMS 525 handles smaller FMS programs with other countries.

PMS 525 is responsible for administering this requirement for the acquisition of the PM Crew requirement.

Does the PM crew need to provide materials and services?

The construction of the ships has been awarded and is taking place at the shipbuilder, FincantieriMarinetteMarine (FMM).

The PM Crew will be tasked with the operation of all four ships during the post delivery period. Any materials and services required of the PM crew to perform this function will be defined in the RFP.

Would the Offeror be responsible for medical supplies? Will medical supplies be limited to consumables? Or will it be inclusive of larger pieces of medical equipment?

The Offeror will need to provide consumable medical supplies because ship will not be outfitted onboard with these supplies until it is formally transferred to RSNF. Medical supply requirements will be defined in the RFP

The ships will be close to land; consequently, any medical emergencies would be medevac.

Who will be responsible for parts and spares; does Offeror need to have knowledge of Navy Supply System?

Parts and spares will be a Navy responsibility; therefore, Offeror does not need to be knowledgeable of Navy Supply System.

In the post-delivery PM Crew phase, who owns the vessels?

It will be a U.S asset, managed by PMS 525. The shipbuilder FMM will turn the ship over to PMS 525 (U.S agent), who will be responsible for the ship during Post-delivery, inclusive of the PM Crew requirements. The ships will be formally transfer to the RSNF at the completion of post-delivery work.

Who insures the vessels?

Currently, the Navy is still researching this.

Will Navy reimburse P&I insurance? P&I covers personal injury or death to crew members, 3rd party (running into another vessel/dock), and also covers pollution.

Currently, the Navy is still researching this.

Regarding P&I Insurance, when ship leaves the US and heads to KSA, whose flag is flying?

At the end of Post Delivery, a DD1149 (formal transfer of the ship) will establish transfer to RSNF with KSA flag.

However, the PM Crew may be expected to assist with the operation of the ship (either as an advisor or to sail) during the transit to KSA. This potential requirement will be built into the contract as an option item.

What are PM Crew responsibilities during PSA/ Level D maintenance period, when the ship is uninhabitable?

There will be some PM Crew requirements during the Level D maintenance periods. Currently, the Navy is still researching the scope and responsibilities of the PM Crew.

PM will be responsible for performing planned maintenance. Additionally, the Government knows there will be responsibilities for watch standing and items in the PSA, but the Government is still working out all the details.

This will be defined in the RFP scope of work.

In regards to PM Crew, how many people are interacting and involved with the Plan of the Day?

Each phase of the Post Delivery schedule PMS 525 will have one (1) Point of Contact as the schedule coordinator. For each phase it may be a different person, but there will only be one person at a time coordinating with the PM Crew.

Who develops the flight bills and/or generic ship standards/bills?

PMS 525 is still evaluating this.

In the pre-delivery phase, will there be opportunity for training of the Offers personnel?

Yes, the Government anticipates a familiarization period for the PM Crew.

Additionally, the Government is considering allowing crew to go to Mayport for land based testing in the virtual environment. This will be defined in the RFP if allowed.

Does Lock out/Tag out go through chief engineer?

Can you provide more details on the berthing? How many people in one room?

Berthing areas can range anywhere from 10--15 racks. Additionally, there is officer berthing and chief berthing, which are more selective and smaller. Officer will have 1-2 per room and the captain and master having their own staterooms.

Can we set aside a room for females?

Yes, the Navy is not constrained to male-only personnel during the post-delivery phase; therefore, mixed gender crew is allowable. The assignments of female crew to berthing spaces will need to be thought through to ensure maximum utilization of available berthing facilities.

Will the Navy make sure computer and system access is available?

Is there any emphasis on small business participation?

The RFP will take into consideration small business. It may be part of the tradeoff as this is anticipated to be best value tradeoff full and open competition.

Is there a need for facilities clearances?

What facilities would Navy provide access to for a place to train for damage control, small arms, etc.

No, facilities clearance is not required as most the work will be performed on the ship. Some key personnel will need security clearances and the ability to qualify for a CAC.

Navy does not anticipate having access to facilities.

Regarding hotel arrangements required on board, are there a 4-meal a day and midnight rations?

Navy is researching the number of meals further. As a minimum, it will be at least 3 meals per day, and likely a MIDRATS when underway overnight.

Are there culturally appropriate foods required?

Yes, the Navy will develop a menu that is acceptable to RSNF dietary needs.

What are the planned logistics for replenishing food, fuel,