BAE Systems contracted to maintain and modernise two US Navy ships

31 May 2016 (Last Updated May 31st, 2016 18:30)

BAE Systems has received two contracts, worth $61.7m, from the US Navy to repair and maintain two vessels based in Jacksonville, Florida.

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BAE Systems has received two contracts, worth $61.7m, from the US Navy to repair and maintain two vessels based in Jacksonville, Florida.

The two contracts include options that if exercised will bring the total value of the project to $68.6m.

Under the first $32.5m contract, BAE will assume the responsibility of supporting the docking selected restricted availability of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99).

"Work under the contract will be performed at the Mayport Naval Station, and is expected to be completed by May next year."

The 509.5ft-long destroyer is scheduled to be dry-docked this summer and will undergo a series of repair works including structural and tank repairs, propulsion system repairs, ventilation, and auxiliary systems repairs, as well as preservation of crew habitability systems and spaces.

Work under the contract is expected to be completed by January next year.

The second $29.2m contract will see BAE support the phased maintenance availability of the US Navy's Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43).

The 610ft-long amphibious warfare ship will be maintained and upgraded by BAE. The upgrades include hull, machinery, electrical, electronics, and piping alterations and repairs.

Work under the contract will be performed at the Mayport Naval Station, and is expected to be completed by May next year.

BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair vice-president and general manager David Thomas said: "These contracts are important because they help sustain our workforce, allowing us to continue providing vital maintenance and modernisation capabilities to the navy."

The company's Heckscher Drive shipyard team has also been contracted to provide repair services to several private yacht and workboat owners, and is close to completing the construction of a 141ft-long articulated tug barge.


Image: The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99). Photo: courtesy of US Navy.