BAE Systems has received $170 million in contracts from the US Navy to perform simultaneous maintenance and repair on two Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers in its San Diego shipyard.
Under the awarded contracts, the shipyard will tandem dry-dock the USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) in October. The synchronised two-ship docking will be a first for the company’s newest dry-dock in San Diego.
The contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $185 million.
“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 modernization requirements,” said David M. Thomas Jr., vice president and general manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair.
“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.”
Positioned end to end, the USS Stethem and USS Decatur will be lifted together inside BAE Systems ‘Pride of California’ dry-dock.
Installed in 2017, the Pride of California is 950 feet long, 160 feet wide and has a lifting capacity of 55,000 tons – making it the largest floating dry-dock in San Diego.
The destroyers each displace about 9,000 tons and are expected to be re-floated in April 2020.