BAE Systems has been awarded a contract worth $47.8 million from the US Navy to modernise the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard.
The Howard will undergo 15 months of extensive work at the company’s shipyard in San Diego, the ship’s homeport. The depot maintenance period (DMP) availability contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $66.5 million.
The USS Howard was commissioned in October 2001. The ship is the first West Coast-based destroyer to undergo the Navy’s extensive DMP repair and upgrade program. BAE Systems will perform hull, mechanical, and electrical repairs, and upgrade the combat systems suite aboard the 509-foot-long Howard. The work is expected to begin in February and be completed in May 2019.
David Thomas, Vice President and General Manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair said: “We look forward to conducting the first-ever West Coast destroyer DMP availability on the Howard.
“The extensive work to be done on board aligns perfectly with the experience and capabilities of our employees and subcontractors.”
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