The value of the contract could reportedly reach $45.9 million if all options are exercised.
According to the US Navy:
“Under the special selected restricted availability (SSRA) contract, BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and miscellaneous repairs aboard the 567-foot-long ship, including the replacement of critical aluminium structures.”
The work is expected to begin in April and be completed by September at the company’s Norfolk, Virginia shipyard. The Vicksburg is the second East Coast-based guided missile cruiser to undergo extensive repair and upgrade work as part of the US Navy’s long-term modernisation programme for cruisers. The Norfolk shipyard recently completed SSRA work aboard the USS Gettysburg (CG 64).
Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair said:
“The Vicksburg is our second SSRA under the long-term cruiser mod program.
Our team recently completed similar work on board the Gettysburg, which is now ready for the next phase of modernisation next year and continued service in the fleet afterwards.
This SSRA contract provides important work for our shipyard team, particularly for our skilled employees and their work with aluminium structures aboard Navy ships.”