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BAE Systems to modernise US Navy ships

5th February 2018 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems has been awarded two contracts to modernise the US Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS America and the guided missile cruiser USS Cape St. George, the company announced on 31 January.

The two contracts have a combined value of $54.8 million and include options that, if exercised, would bring the total cumulative value to $62.2 million.

USS America will undergo hull, mechanical, and electrical repairs along with the additional flight deck modifications to support F-35 Lightning II operations. Work is expected to start in March and be completed in December 2018.

The modernisation work on the 567ft USS Cape St. George will include the replacement of critical aluminium structures and the removal of obsolete equipment. Work will be performed under the US Navy’s cruiser modernisation programme. Work will start in March and be completed by January 2019.

David Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, said: ‘These contracts are important to expanding the service lives and capability of these navy ships.

'Our work on board the America will keep the ship ready for immediate service. For the Cape St. George, it is the beginning of a four-year journey toward full modernisation and the ability to serve in the fleet longer.’

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