BAE Systems has secured two contracts from the US Navy for the repair and maintenance of two ships based in Jacksonville, Florida.
According to the company, the two contracts have a combined value of $61.7 million and a cumulative value of $68.6 million, provided all options are exercised.
“These contracts are important because they help sustain our workforce, allowing us to continue providing vital maintenance and modernisation capabilities to the Navy,” said David Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair.
“Our dedicated team is eager to get to work on these valuable warships. Our familiarity with them will help us to effectively partner with the Navy to get them back in operation for long, continued service to our nation.”
BAE said that the first contract award – valued at $32.5 million – is for the docking selected restricted availability of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99).
“The company will drydock the 509.5-foot-long destroyer this summer and will perform structural and tank repairs, propulsion system repairs, ventilation, and auxiliary systems repairs, as well as preservation of crew habitability systems and spaces,” BAE said in a media statement.
“This contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $33.7 million. The work is expected to be completed by January 2017.”
The second Navy contract, for which BAE received $29.2 million, is for the phased maintenance availability of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSC 43).
“The company will perform maintenance and modernisation work aboard the 610-foot-long amphibious warfare ship at the Mayport Naval Station, starting in July,” reads the statement.
“Work aboard the Fort McHenry includes hull, machinery, electrical, electronics, and piping alterations and repairs. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $34.9 million. The work is expected to be completed by May 2017.”
The company’s shipyards in Jacksonville are full-service ship repair operations. On top of naval maintenance and modernisation work, BAE System’s Heckscher Drive shipyard team is also contracted to provide repair services to several private yacht and workboat owners, while also nearing completion of a 141-foot-long articulated tug barge under construction at the yard.