BAE Systems has secured a contract worth $119.2m from the US Navy to undertake major modernisation work aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82).

If all the options are exercised the value of this contract could touch $137.9m.

 Under the US-Navy awarded depot maintenance period (DMP) availability contract, the ship will be dry-docked at BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair facility for seven months.

Besides underwater hull preservation work, the Florida shipyard will recondition the vessel’s engineering spaces, enhance its command and control equipment, and revamp the living spaces for the crew.

BAE Systems expects the DMP work to commence this month and be completed in April 2024.

BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair’s general manager Tim Spratto said: “The modernization work we will perform on the USS Lassen is a major project for our team and industry partners, and builds upon our recent DMP work aboard two other ships.

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“Our work will usher the Lassen into a higher phase of capability in the fleet.”

The company’s Jacksonville shipyard is approaching the end of similar work undertaken aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). It also previously finished a DMP availability aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

Commissioned in April 2001, USS Lassen is the 32nd vessel of the Arleigh Burke class.

It is named in honour of Medal of Honour recipient Clyde Lassen, who was recognised for his actions as a naval aviator during Vietnam. Am earlier US Navy vessel called USS Lassen (AE 3) was named after a volcano in California.

 BAE Systems operates three shipyards in California, Florida, and Virginia, and its  Jacksonville shipyard has around 660 employees and works with the Navy and several subcontractor companies for ship sustainment tasks.

The company secured a contract for the repair, maintenance and modernisation of the US Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in December 2022.