BAE Systems awarded $36 million Navy contract to upgrade USS New Orleans

ARLINGTON, VA. The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $36.7 million contract to perform repairs and maintenance on the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18). The work will be done at BAE Systems' new dry dock in San Diego.

Work on the 684-foot-long ship is expected to begin in January 2017 and will consist of structural and tank repairs, propulsion system repairs, and ventilation and auxiliary systems repairs, along with preservation of the crew habitability systems and spaces.

expects to finish the work in March 2018. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $51.5 million. The surface-ship fleet based in San Diego, excluding aircraft carriers, is expected to grow from the current 59 ships  to 70 vessels by 2020, as the Navy places increased emphasis on Asia-Pacific operations. BAE Systems’ $100 million investment in a new dry dock and other capabilities is aimed at supporting the increased size of the fleet.

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