J C Menon
BAE Systems has received a US$103.6m fixed-price contract to prepare for and accomplish repair and alteration requirements for USS PREBLE during its scheduled depot maintenance period. Work will be performed in San Diego, California and is expected to be complete by February 2022, an official at the Department of Defence informs.
BAE Systems will provide the facilities and human resources capable of completing, coordinating, and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair, and modernisation for USS PREBLE. Earlier this month, the company received a US$83.5m contract from the U.S. Navy to modernise the guided-missile destroyers USS CARNEY (DDG 64) and USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81), with the modernisation work to be performed sequentially at the company’s shipyard in Jacksonville. The contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to US$211.6m.
The USS CARNEY will be first in the shipyard, arriving in September 2020 to undergo extensive repair and upgrade work that will take more than 400 days to complete, having just returned from a six-year operational period in Rota, Spain. The shipyard will dry-dock the ship and perform maintenance of the underwater hull, renovation of crew habitability spaces and upgrades to shipboard systems, with the modernisation scheduled to be completed in November 2021. The USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL will undergo a 390-day maintenance period when the ship arrives in June 2021, with the shipyard’s work including replacement of steel structures onboard and support of the electronic systems upgrades with this modernisation scheduled to be completed in July 2022, having also been dry-docked.
“The modernisation work aboard the CARNEY and WINSTON S. CHURCHILL are significant for our Jacksonville maritime team and important for the service lives and mission capability of these combatants,” said Tim Spratto, general manager of BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair. “The back-to-back sequencing of work is efficient and beneficial for our employees, our subcontractors and our Navy customer.”