BAE to modernize destroyers

July 28, 2010 at 9:04 AM
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NORFOLK, Va., July 28 (UPI) -- Nearly a dozen Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers will undergo modernization in Virginia under a contract awarded to BAE Systems by the U.S. Navy.

BAE Systems said the contract for modernizing 11 vessels is a 1-year award with four 1-year renewal options. Its total potential value is $350 million-$500 million if all options are exercised.

"This contract, coupled with those for CG 47-class and amphibious ships in Norfolk, Va.; San Diego; and Hawaii, reinforces BAE Systems' robust, trusted partnership with the Navy," said Bill Clifford, president of BAE Systems' Ship Repair business. "We already will be well into the DDG modernization process on the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) in San Diego when the USS Arleigh Burke comes into Norfolk for the same work. This will allow us to leverage our experience in San Diego to provide an enhanced final product to the Navy."

Work on the ships that are either home-ported in Norfolk or visiting it will begin next month, the company said.

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