BAE Systems has received a $197.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy to drydock and perform maintenance and modernisation work aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp.
This is the second time in four years that the company has performed significant work onboard the Wasp.
Under the new contract, BAE Systems Norfolk shipyard will begin working aboard the 843-foot-long USS Wasp in February 2021, performing hull, tank and mechanical work.
BAE Systems say that the contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $237.7 million.
During the company’s last maintenance availability aboard the Wasp, from December 2016 to May 2017, BAE Systems added modifications to support Joint Strike Fighter operations onboard.
“BAE Systems is very familiar with USS Wasp, performing substantial upgrade work onboard before its forward deployment to Japan three years ago,” said Mark Whitney, deputy general manager of BAE Systems Ship Repair and general manager of Norfolk Ship Repair.
“Our team of skilled tradespeople and subcontractors look forward to executing another long sustainment period on Wasp, to ensure the ship retains its sharp warfighting capability.”
It is understood that in order to prepare for drydocking the Wasp, BAE Systems sent its largest floating drydock in Norfolk to a Baltimore, Maryland, shipyard for five months of lifecycle maintenance. The drydock, called ‘Titan,’ returned to Norfolk earlier this month. The lifecycle maintenance work performed on Titan drydock will enable the yard to service the largest Navy ships in the port of Norfolk for another 20 to 25 years.
BAE add that Titan is capable of lifting up to 52,500 long tons. The USS Wasp displaces about 40,500 long tons.