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Bids Invited to Paint Historic Weapons

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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The U.S. Navy is seeking bids for the cleaning and painting of historic weaponry at the 95-year-old Naval Support Facility in Dahlgren, VA.

The project involves painting a gun barrel rail transport car, a 14-inch ELSIE barrel, 9-inch/98 caliber barrel, and an old 14-inch barrel at the facility.

The items are located in front of Building 492 and at a weapons storage platform.

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Photos: U.S.Navy

The project includes painting a Navy gun barrel rail transport car at Dahlgren NSF.

Bids will be opened April 8.

Scope of Work

The steel will be hand-  and power tool-cleaned to SSPC-SP 2 and SP 3. Hand and power tools must be equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtered vacuuming equipment.

A chemical sodium sulfide solution or equivalent will be used to spot-treat the breech end of the old 14-inch barrel, which is coated with tar paint.

The existing lead-based coatings shall be encapsulated with an approved liquid-applied or adhesive-bonded encapsulation product; containment will be required.

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Bidders must develop and provide a job-specific lead-removal plan for the project.

The steel will be coated with a penetrating sealant primer; a fast-curing epoxy intermediate; and an acrylic polyurethane finish; or an equivalent, approved three-coat paint system.

Lead Plans, Other Requirements

The contractor must provide six copies of a job-specific lead removal plan that includes a description of equipment, materials, controls and job responsibilities, as well as certifications in lead removal for all supervisors and workers.

The plan should also include sanitary and air sampling procedures to be followed, as well as a plan for disposal.

In addition, the contractor must submit coating system product data, a color chart, a coating warranty, and Material Safety Data Sheets.

About the Site

The Dahlgren NSF was founded as a naval gun test facility in 1918 when a portion of the Naval Powder Factory at Indian Head, MD, was established in Virginia’s Northern Neck. Named for Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren, the facility occupies 4,000 acres bounded by the Potomac River and Machodoc Creek.

The location was specifically chosen for the development of a long ballistic range on the Potomac River, required for the testing of modern, high-powered munitions, according to the Navy.

Today, the facility has expanded to include numerous scientific and response-force missions serving all branches of the United States Armed Forces.

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The location of the Dahlgren facility was chosen for the development of a long ballistic range on the Potomac River, according to the Navy.

Renamed several times during its history, Dahlgren is home to numerous projects of historical significance, including the triggering device on the Hiroshima atomic bomb; the Norden Bombsight used on most American bombers during World War II; and the Standard missile used on modern U.S. Navy warships.

Reported by Paint BidTracker, a construction reporting service devoted to identifying contracting opportunities for the coatings community.

   

Tagged categories: Bidding; Government contracts; Historic Structures; Lead; Lead paint abatement; Paint BidTracker; SSPC; U.S. Navy

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (3/27/2013, 9:36 AM)

Neat place. When I visited a couple of decades ago, they had a 16" gun mounted and were running a test program to determine how long term storage rust affected accuracy of shells. They also had an unmounted 18" barrel. Unfortunately, they were not firing that day. I don't think the Navy even has any 16" guns in service anymore, since they fully retired the last BB. Debatable when that was, hard to argue it was past 2006 when USS Iowa and Wisconsin were taken off "ready to recommission" status.


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