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BAE Systems to work on US Navy destroyers

24th November 2016 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Post-construction work on the US Navy’s USS Zumwalt and USS Michael Monsoor guided missile destroyers will be carried out by BAE Systems. The company announced an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the navy with an initial award of $10.3 million and a maximum value of $192.7 million, on 21 November.

Work on the contract will run through to September 2021, and will include work to help prepare the destroyers for initial service in the naval fleet. Combat systems, including gun systems and Mk 57 vertical launch systems, will be installed; and hull and engineering enhancements will be completed onboard following the vessels’ delivery. 

USS Zumwalt and Michael Monsoor are the first two ships of the navy’s new class of surface combatants. The 610ft ships displace about 15,700 tons, and are comprised of steel hulls and composite structure deckhouses. Zumwalt has been commissioned and is enroute to its homeport in San Diego; work on this vessel will begin in December. The Michael Monsoor – also to be homeported in San Diego - is currently under construction in Bath, Maine. Work on this vessel will start following its delivery to the navy.

BAE Systems’ San Diego shipyard will also support the ships’ post-shakedown availabilities following the demonstration and certification of their combat systems and final sea trials.

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