BAE Systems wins Arleigh Burke-class work
BAE Systems will maintain and repair two US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers under contracts worth $170.7 million announced on 18 September.
The company’s San Diego shipyard will tandem dry-dock USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) in October for a synchronised two-ship docking programme.
Positioned end to end, Stethem and Decatur will be lifted together inside BAE Systems’ Pride of California dry-dock. Installed in 2017, the Pride of California is 950ft long, 160ft wide and has a lifting capacity of 55,000 tons.
Both vessels will undergo hull, mechanical and engineering repairs and are expected to be re-floated in April 2020.
David Thomas Jr, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, said: ‘The ability to simultaneously dock two DDGs is a special capability that BAE Systems brings to our navy customer and comes at a critical time when additional throughput is necessary to meet surface combatant demands and modernisation requirements.
‘Beyond the remarkable nature of this tandem docking, it will be business as usual for our shipyard team and partners given our significant experience working with the Arleigh Burke class.’
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