BAE Systems to maintain LPD 18
BAE Systems has received a $36.7 million contract from the US Navy for the maintenance and repair of USS New Orleans (LPD 18), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, the company announced on 10 November.
The LPD 18 will be the first ship to be repaired in the company's new drydock in San Diego. BAE Systems will start work on the 684ft ship in January and will carry out tank and structural repairs, propulsion system repairs, ventilation and auxiliary systems repairs, as well as preservation of the crew systems and spaces. The repair work is anticipated to be completed in March 2018.
BAE Systems recently acquired a 55,000 lifting-ton, 950-foot-long drydock for the San Diego shipyard, which will be operational next year. The company already possesses a 26,000 lifting-ton drydock at the site.
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