Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

With an extensive track record of supporting shipbuilding contract vehicles, our key personnel are adept at providing the level of effort required to take an asset through the acquisition lifecycle.

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Project Overview

Sayres supports the Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) by providing professional support services (PSS) for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class. Sayres has the unique capability of providing experienced Program Management support across the entire spectrum of shipbuilding for PEO LCS and NAVSEA. This expertise encompasses all aspects of program management, including production oversight and analysis, configuration and data management, acquisition strategy and execution, congressional liaison, financial management, and technical/design management. Throughout this process, from New Construction to Post Delivery availabilities, we provide first-in-class on-site support, with teams established in Washington, DC; San Diego, CA; and Jacksonville, FL.

The US Navy had a vision for a new kind of warfighting asset; a smaller, lighter, more adaptable vessel, capable of maneuvering quickly near shore. What the Navy outlined as the Littoral Combat Ship, would operate with a minimally manned crew, and needed to be agile enough in both speed, weight, and design that they could be outfitted and replaced with a variety of modular components, or mission modules, to support a range of operational needs.

Sayres’ first-hand experience in guiding programs through the critical acquisition phases, exemplified by an in-depth understanding of the dynamic transition from design to production, means that our team can evolve with the changing needs of the program. This is exactly what we have done in our work on the LCS class.

Solution

While supporting LCS, Sayres built out two regional teams of waterfront support: one in San Diego, CA, working on the Independence variant, and one in Jacksonville, FL, working on the Freedom variant. Our on-site teams allow for seamless production throughout the planning and execution of construction and repair availabilities, with accessible reach back to DC. Our teams supported all major facets of project management including oversight on engineering proposals and changes, production progress and metrics, work package management, financial management, and document control. Our San Diego team recently helped the Navy complete (3) PSA availabilities, in a new execution yard in Seattle, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With an extensive track record of supporting shipbuilding contract vehicles, our key personnel are adept at providing the level of effort required to take an asset through the acquisition lifecycle. We are an active partner with, and on behalf of the Navy, and consistently provide top-tier support at the best price for our customer. Additionally, Sayres staff have an appreciation of the impediments and variables that may present when establishing and maintaining an integrated shipbuilding program organization. While the requirements of the LCS program have continually modernized, as an active partner, we recognize the intricacies associated with planning and implementing ship procurement strategies. These critical attributes are part of the broad set of capabilities, experience, and relationships that have allowed Sayres to provide outstanding support to PEO LCS.