CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Department of the Navy has awarded $53.7 million in contracts for construction of an aircraft maintenance hangar at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, a move critical to the redistribution of U.S. forces in the Pacific, officials said.
The contract was awarded to dck-ecc pacific guam LLC, a Pittsburgh company that says it has a $6 billion track record of design and building projects throughout the Pacific.
The hangar will support deployed Marine Corps aviation squadrons — both fixed-wing and tilt-rotor aircraft — during training and will consist of a hangar bay, a maintenance area and areas for administration and operations, according to a Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific statement.
The announcement precedes the planned move of approximately 4,700 Marines and their families to Guam from Okinawa in the next few years. The relocation is viewed favorably by a majority of Guam residents and is seen as a way to reduce the burden of Japan hosting more than 50,000 American servicemembers.
Bryan Wood, director for U.S. Marine Corps Pacific Division for Plans, Policies and Operations, said the new hangar will be a “world-class facility.”
The work will be performed in Yigo, Guam, and is scheduled to be completed by December 2016, the statement said.