The US Navy has awarded a new contract for the upgrade of its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67).

BAE Systems will be responsible for carrying out a series of extensive upgrade works on USS Cole at the company’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, for a period of one year under the $36.6m agreement.

The Norfolk facility is also expected to serve as the homeport for the 505ft-long navy destroyer as part of the arrangement.

"Our work on-board the USS Cole is important to the service-life of the ship and for expanding its capability to carry out future missions."

The current extended dry-docking selected restricted availability (SRA) contract also includes a number of options, which if exercised would increase the total value of the deal to $96.7m.

DDG 67 is set to be dry-docked to allow upgrades and repair works to be carried out on its hull and engineering systems under the initiative.

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair vice-president and general manager Dave Thomas said: “Our work on-board the USS Cole is important to the service-life of the ship and for expanding its capability to carry out future missions.

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“We are prepared to perform this extensive dry-docking, working with the ship’s crew, the navy and our industry partners.”

Work on the modernisation project is expected to commence in July and will be completed in 12 months.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer features a full-load displacement of approximately 8,300t and can travel at a speed of more than 30k.

The vessel’s keel was originally laid on 28 February 1994.

It was subsequently launched with the US Navy on 10 February 1995 before being christened on 8 April 1995.

DDG 67 was commissioned on 8 June 1996 and is named after the US Marine Corps (USMC) sergeant Darrell S Cole.