The US Navy has awarded a contract to BAE Systems to modernise its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

The extended dry-docking selected restricted availability contract has an estimated value of $107.7m, including an additional option.

If the option is exercised, the cumulative value would increase to $123.8m.

As part of the contract, the company will dry dock USS Ross to execute the associated maintenance work on the ship’s underwater hull, repairing its main propulsion system and rehabilitating the crew berthing and dining compartments.

Additionally, the work will involve preserving the ship’s internal ballast and fuel tanks along with its external superstructure.

The latest modernisation work will extend the service life of the 16-year-old Arleigh Burke-class destroyer for another ten years.

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BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair vice-president and general manager Mike Bruneau said: “This is an important job for our employees, subcontractors, and the navy to accomplish.

“We look forward to meeting the long-term maintenance goals for USS Ross to sustain the future capability and readiness of the ship.”

Work under this contract will be carried out at the BAE Systems’ shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia.

The entire maintenance work on USS Ross is expected to complete by April 2024.

Commissioned in 1997, USS Ross is a multi-mission surface combatant that can be deployed to perform a wide range of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare and anti-surface warfare.

It can operate both independently as well as part of the Expeditionary Strike Groups, Carrier Strike Groups and Surface Action Groups.

Recently, USS Ross has completed a seven-year operational period in Rota, Spain, where it was forward-deployed as a US Navy combatant.