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BAE Systems to upgrade USS Tortuga

21st November 2017 - 12:11 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems has received a $139.8 million contract from the US Navy to modernise the dock landing ship USS Tortuga, the company announced on 16 November.

Tortuga will begin 16 months of restorative work at the company’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, in January 2018. Work will incude maintenance, modernisation and repair efforts.

The ship entered the navy's modernization programme in 2016, when it underwent several modernisation industrial periods and obsolete and legacy equipment and structures were removed. This new contract will involve the installation of upgraded systems and other improvements aboard the ship to extend its service life beyond 40 years.

Work is expected to be completed in May 2019 with the reactivation of the ship for operational service.

Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, said: ‘Our employees and subcontractors look forward to working with the navy to perform the modernisation work to ensure the Tortuga remains a very capable amphibious combatant ship.’

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