US Navy awards Ticonderoga-class submarine repair contract to BAE

6 November 2012 (Last Updated November 6th, 2012 04:45)

The US Navy has awarded a not-to-exceed modification contract to BAE Systems to perform emergent dry docking availability on its Ticonderoga-class aegis guided missile cruiser, USS San Jacinto (CG 56).

USS San Jacinto

The US Navy has awarded a not-to-exceed modification contract to BAE Systems to perform emergent dry docking availability on its Ticonderoga-class aegis guided missile cruiser, USS San Jacinto (CG 56).

The repair follows the recent collision of San Jacinto with the US Navy's nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class submarine, USS Montpelier (SSN 765), in mid-October during routine training off the coast of the US.

The contract follows a previous multi-ship, multi-option, cost-plus, award and incentive-fee contract by the US Navy.

Under the contract, BAE will perform dry docking, ship alterations, maintenance and repair work onboard the missile cruiser.

BAE will repair the sonar dome and peripheral hull and equipment, which were damaged during the collision, while the navy and BAE team will examine the ship to determine additional repairs that would be required over the next several days.

"BAE will perform dry docking, ship alterations, maintenance and repair work onboard the missile cruiser."

Investigations are currently under way to identify the incident cause; while the USS Montpelier is being examined by the navy to determine what repairs will be required.

The Southeast Regional Maintenance Center in Jacksonville, Florida, will serve as the contracting activity location. The total cost of repairs will not be known until the completion of ships' inspections. Work is scheduled to be complete by February 2013.

Capable of carrying a crew of 358, the 172.8m-long Ticonderoga-class vessels have a displacement capacity of 3,500t, a beam of 16.8m and can cruise at a maximum speed of over 30k.

Powered by a 26MW GE PWR S6G nuclear-pressure water reactor, Los Angeles-class submarines have been designed to support anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, strike objectives, and mining, as well as search-and-rescue missions.


Image: US Navy's Ticonderoga-class cruiser, USS San Jacinto (CG 56) conducting mission. Photo: US Navy photo by mass communication specialist 2nd class Mike DiMestico/Released.