SAN DIEGO, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- General Dynamics NASSCO was awarded a U.S. Navy contract for the fitting-out availability of the San Antonio class amphibious assault dock ship USS San Diego.
Work under the $37 million contract will be performed at NASSCO beginning next year and is expected to be completed by December 2014.
The contract award includes options which, if exercised, would bring the value of the contract to approximately $134 million.
Specific efforts for the USS San Diego under the contract include program management, planning, engineering, design, liaison, scheduling, labor and procurement of incidental material. On board repair efforts will include piping, structural and machinery work.
Built in Pascagoula, Miss., the 684-foot long ship completed builder's sea trials off the Gulf Coast on Oct. 1. The tests assessed the ship's defensive, communications, propulsion and other auxiliary systems.
The USS San Diego is designed to deliver a Marine battalion of 699 officers and enlisted men fully equipped for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions.