BAE Systems – San Diego Ship Repair, based in San Diego, California, has secured a $37.7m contract for the maintenance, modernisation, and repair of USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26).

With options to be exercised, the contract’s cumulative value could reach $42.4m. Work is slated to be completed by September 2024, contributing to the continued strength and efficiency of the United States Navy’s fleet.

The $37.7m contract action was awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command to bolster the ship’s capabilities.

The contract encompasses a scope of responsibilities, including providing all labour, supervision, equipment, production, testing, facilities, and quality assurance required. This endeavour ensures that the USS John P. Murtha remains operational and mission-ready.

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Work on the USS John P. Murtha will be carried out in San Diego, California, aligning with the ship’s homeport. Built at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipyard, John P Murtha is the tenth ship of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class.

The 208.5m-long and 31.9m-wide vessel has a displacement of 25,000t, will be propelled by four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, and can achieve a speed of 22k. The San Antonio class ship completed its acceptance trials, validating the functionality of the ship’s system in 2016.

As one of the key players in the naval maintenance and modernisation sector, BAE Systems – San Diego Ship Repair continues to contribute to the strength and preparedness of the United States Navy’s fleet.