NORFOLK, Virginia, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 29 August 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: BAE Systems/the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64)
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $146.3 million contract for the modernization of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), learned BulgarianMilitary.com
USS Gettysburg (CG-64) is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser of the U.S. Navy commissioned on 22 June 1991.
It is expected the works under the newly signed contract for modernization of the vessel to be completed within about 15 months starting in January 2019. The contract will be executed at the shipyard of BAE Systems in Norfolk, Virginia, which is also USS Gettysburg’s homeport. The contract could reach the total value of $151.3 million if all included in it options are exercised.
The VP and GM of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Dave Thomas commented, “We brought a lot of expertise to bear for a good start to the Gettysburg’s modernization two years ago. Working again with the Navy and our ship repair partners, we will return the Gettysburg back to the fleet in enhanced shape with clear improvements to its operational capability and better habitability for the crew.”
Initial modernization work on board the ship was already performed in 2016 by BAE Systems’ Norfolk shipyard, which included removal of obsolete equipment and replacement of critical aluminium shipboard structures.
Now the ship will undergo extensive repair and upgrade work that will return the ship to full capability after nearly four years of inactive status under the Navy’s cruiser modernization program, including upgrading of its weapons and engineering equipment. BAE Systems will also support the installation of a new Aegis combat system, new communications suite and the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise Systems. The 27-year-old vessel will also see the crew’s living spaces aboard renovated.
The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2020 and it is expected the service life of the Gettysburg to be extended to 2035.
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