Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) anticipates a contract requirement for the manufacture, assembly, test and delivery of Vertical Launching System (VLS) W1 Cable. The Government requires manufacturing of VLS W1 Cable in accordance with the documents specified in statement of work (SOW) and the technical data package (TDP).  All W1 Cable shall meet all requirements in accordance with the TDP and associated specifications. Responses to this sources sought will be utilized to determine if there are multiple sources capable of performing this requirement.  Additionally, responses will further be utilized to determine if Small Business set-aside opportunities exist.  The primary North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this procurement is 334417 with a Size Standard in number of employees of 1,000.

This is a new requirement.  

The anticipated performance period will span five (5) years which will include a 12-month base period and four 12-month option periods. The contract will be Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP).  It is anticipated that the Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued in October 2021.

It is requested that all interested large and small business concerns including but not limited to HUBZone, 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), respond with a Capability Statement of a maximum of 10 pages that demonstrates the interested party’s capability to perform the requirements.  Interested small business concerns must identify their small business socio-economic categories. 

The Capability Statement shall succinctly address the following three items to demonstrate the contractor’s capability to perform the requirements of the attached draft Statement of Work (SOW): 

(1)  The contractor’s ability to manage, as prime contractor, the types and magnitudes of tasking in the SOW;

(2) The contractor’s technical ability to perform the requirement.  For Small Business set-aside determination purposes, also include the contractor’s technical ability to perform, or potential approach to achieving technical ability to perform, at least 50% of the cost of the contract incurred for personnel with its own employees;

(3) The contractor’s capacity, or potential approach to achieving capacity, to conduct the requirements of the SOW.  For the purposes of this Capability Statement, capacity shall refer to matters such as the magnitude of the tasking, the amount of equipment or facilities involved, and the size of the staff needed.

Demonstration of the ability to manage, technical ability, and capacity may include describing the same or similar relevant performance; however, this does not limit the interested parties’ approach to demonstrate their capability. In addition to addressing items (1) – (3) as stated above, interested concerns are requested to address the following specific requirement.

The information contained herein is based on information available at the time of publication, is subject to revision, and is not binding upon the Government.

Please submit responses or questions regarding this requirement to the Contract Specialist at with a copy to the Contracting Officer at by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on 19 April 2021.  Please also provide any comments or suggestions for the attachment below.

Respondents are responsible for properly marking and clearly identifying proprietary information or trade secrets contained within their responses. The Government will not compensate any respondents of this sources sought for any information received or any costs incurred in preparing information for, participating in meetings with, or engaging in discussions with the Government.

This sources sought is issued for informational and planning purposes only and does not constitute an Invitation for Bids, a Request for Quotations, or a Request for Proposals, and should not be construed as a commitment by the Government to issue a formal solicitation or award a contract.  In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.   As such, the Government will not reimburse any costs associated with responding to this notice.  Information submitted in response to this sources sought will become the property of the United States Government.

Attachment 1: Draft Statement of Work