BRIEFLY : Business: Firm Wins Pact to Merge Navy Bases

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $21.8-million contract to FSEC Inc. of Pasadena to close the Naval Air Warfare Center in Pennsylvania and merge it with the Naval Air Warfare Center in Maryland.

The Pasadena firm will supervise the consolidation of the two bases according to the cost-reduction requirements of the Base Realignment and Closure Act.

The company will move a small staff of managers to the East Coast to supervise the transition, and will hire employees there to perform the work.

Although the firm's Pasadena staff will participate in the work, engineer Jim Hannon said, FSEC does not expect to hire any new employees locally as a result of the contract.

The Pennsylvania base will close in phases, and FSEC will be paid in phases as well. The final award could be more or less than $21.8 million, Hannon said. The project is expected to be completed in March, 1997.

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