The prime has been selected to provide maintenance and modernisation services for the US Navy’s San Antonio Class ship.
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The US Navy has awarded a US$90.2 million ($117.2 million) contract to BAE Systems for the maintenance and modernisation of its San Antonio Class amphibious transport dock, USS San Diego (LPD 22).
As part of the docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract, which could reach a total value of US$104.8 million ($136.2 million), BAE Systems has been tasked with:
- dry-docking the vessel, performing work on the underwater hull;
- repairing its system of ballast tanks;
- preserving its amphibious well deck area; and
- refurbishing the living spaces for as many as 800 personnel.
The maintenance and modernisation activities, expected to be undertaken over a 12-month period, are scheduled to commence in September 2021 at BAE Systems’ San Diego shipyard.
“The upcoming USS San Diego project is a major event in the service life of the ship, expanding its capability to execute a wide range of naval missions for many years to come,” David Thomas jnr, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, said.
“Our team of employees, subcontractors and Navy personnel look forward to ushering USS San Diego into its next phase of fleet readiness.
“We also recognise the unique and special opportunity to work aboard a ship named for our hometown.”
USS San Diego, commissioned in May 2012, is the sixth of 11 active San Antonio Class ships.
San Antonio Class vessels transport the US Marine Corps ‘mobility triad’, including advanced amphibious assault vehicles (AAAVs), landing craft air cushion (LCAC), and the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
This is BAE Systems’ latest US Navy contract, with the firm securing a US$76 million ($98 million) contract in May for the supply of additional vertical launch system (VLS) canisters for the US Navy’s guided-missile cruisers and destroyers.
The canisters — used for storing, transporting, and firing a range of offensive and defensive missiles from the decks of Navy vessels — are to be delivered to Mk 13, Mk 14, Mk 25, Mk 29 and other Navy hardware.
The contract is also expected to support purchases from the governments of Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain and Turkey under a foreign military sales program.
[Related: BAE Systems wins new US$76m US Navy contract]