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BAE has received a $41.6 million contract from the US Navy to modernise the guided missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin.

The American vessel will undergo 12 months of extensive work at the BAE shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $117.1 million say BAE.

“Under the depot maintenance period (DMP) contract, BAE Systems will dry-dock the 509-foot-long Oscar Austin. The shipyard’s employees and subcontractors will then upgrade the ship’s Aegis Combat System and will perform alterations and miscellaneous repairs that will affect nearly every onboard space. The work is expected to begin in February and be completed in February 2019.”

Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair said:

“The work we will perform on the Oscar Austin is large and complex, and will involve a large number of our employees and subcontractors. We are prepared to perform this extensive work, which is vital for the ship’s future readiness and combat effectiveness. This contract is important work for the ship’s crew, the Navy, and our shipyard team and industry partners.”

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