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Shipyard sues Navy over USS Squall repairs

NORFOLK, Va. — Colonna's Shipyard is suing the Navy, claiming it is owed more than $3.8 million on a contract to repair the patrol craft USS Squall.

In 2011, Colonna's received a $7.7 million contract to overhaul the Squall's hull and connected plates and stiffeners. Upon inspection of the ship, Colonna's says, it realized the work that needed to be done was far more extensive.

The Navy initially agreed and upped the contract to $16.5 million and granted a six-month extension for the work to be completed, the lawsuit says.

But Colonna's continued to request changes and modifications, and by the time the work was done, it had racked up more than $3.8 million in additional expenses, the court papers say. The shipyard submitted its request for payment.

A Navy contracting officer rejected all but about $100,000 of the claim, citing in part the shipyard's "self-inflicted wounds," such as inefficiency and paying overtime, according to the officer's February report.

"The government conducted a deliberate and comprehensive review of every aspect of the contractor claim to ensure Colonna's Shipyard was afforded an equitable evaluation and remedy," the officer wrote in the report.

Daniel Weckstein, an attorney for Colonna's, declined to comment while the case is pending.

The 21-year-old Squall had been based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek until a year ago, when it was moved to Bahrain.

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