BAE Systems has received a $125.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy to drydock and provide maintenance service aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex.
The ship recently completed a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific.
According to a news release, BAE Systems’ San Diego shipyard will begin working aboard the 844-foot-long USS Essex in June. Under the ‘docking selected restricted availability’ contract awarded, BAE Systems will perform hull, tank, and mechanical work; repair internal and exterior decks, and refurbish habitability spaces for the ship’s crew and embarked U.S. Marine Corps troops.
“USS Essex recently returned to San Diego following an extended overseas deployment,” said David M. Thomas, Jr., vice president and general manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair. “I look forward to the BAE Systems-Navy team delivering upon our commitment to restore Essex’s material condition and prepare it for future deployments.”
BAE Systems’ San Diego shipyard is currently completing a 22-month docking selected restricted availability aboard USS Boxer, which is in the same ship class as Essex.
The firm said in a statement:
“BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul services for the Navy, other government agencies, and select commercial customers. The company operates three full-service shipyards in California, Florida, and Virginia, and offers a highly skilled, experienced workforce, seven drydocks and railways, significant pier space and ship support services. The company’s San Diego shipyard has approximately 1,100 employees and works with the Navy and several subcontractor companies to accomplish its ship sustainment work.”
Work on the ship is expected to be completed in September 2023. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $148.2 million.