The US Navy has awarded a new contract for the modernisation and overhaul of its Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).

If options are exercised, the docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract’s cumulative value would be approximately $72m.

Under the terms of the deal, BAE Systems will carry out the upgrade work for ten months at the company’s shipyard in Jacksonville, Florida, and at nearby Naval Station Mayport.

“Upgrade work on-board the $1bn US Navy vessel is slated to commence in April and will be completed in February 2019.”

BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair general manager Todd Hooks said: “We have extensive experience with the navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and specifically with the Philippine Sea.

“We will utilise our cruiser experience to accomplish the DSRA and return the ship back to the fleet ready for continued service.”

Upgrade work onboard the $1bn US Navy vessel is expected to commence in April this year and will be completed in February next year.

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Constructed by shipbuilding company Bath Iron Works, the 567ft-long USS Philippine Sea was launched on 12 July 1987 and commissioned on 03 March 1989.

With a full load displacement of approximately 9,600t, the Ticonderoga-class cruiser can travel at a speed of more than 30k and is capable of accommodating two SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters.

The USS Philippine Sea is equipped with two Mk 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk, ASROC; Mk 46 torpedoes, Harpoon missile launchers, two Mk 45 5-inch / 54 calibre lightweight guns, two Phalanx CIWS and two Mk 38 Mod 2 25mm machine gun systems.