NORFOLK (Virginia, United States), June 11, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: BAE Systems
BAE Systems has been awarded a $36.6 million maintenance contract for upgrading of the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) of the U.S. Navy, reported Shephard Media.
That was revealed by the company last week, on 6th June.
It is also possible, if an option included in the contract is exercised, the total contract value to reach the noteworthy amount of $96.7 million.
The USS Cole was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding and was delivered to the Navy on 11 March 1996 and commissioned in June 1996. Now the Arleigh Burke-class Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyer will be dry-docked and its hull and engineering systems will be upgraded and repaired by BAE Systems and its subcontractors within the period from July 2018 to July 2019.
“Our work on board the USS Cole is important to the service life of the ship and for expanding its capability to carry out future missions. We are prepared to perform this extensive dry-docking, working with the ship’s crew, the navy, and our industry partners,” said Dave Thomas, VP and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair.
The works under the maintenance contract will be executed at the shipyard of BAE Systems in Norfolk, Virginia – the ship’s homeport. The company, which is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul services, operates three more full-service shipyards in California, Florida, and Hawaii.