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BAE Systems opens new dry dock

14th February 2017 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems has opened its newest floating dry dock in San Diego, California, as part of the company's strategic investment in facilities to service and maintain the US Navy's fleet on the West Coast.

The dry dock arrived at the San Diego shipyard in December 2016, before undergoing final assembly, installation, testing, and certification. It is set to commence operations later this month when the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) becomes the first ship to be serviced in the new dry dock.

The dock is 950ft long and capable of lifting 55,000 long tons, making it capable of accommodating amphibious assault ships, auxiliary ships, cruisers, destroyers, littoral combat ships, transport dock and dock landing ships, and select commercial vessels.

BAE Systems provides ship repair, maintenance, modernisation, conversion, and overhaul for the US Navy and other government, commercial, and private customers from its San Diego facility.

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