JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- Two U.S. Navy ships homeported in Florida are to receive repair and maintenance services from BAE Systems under contracts worth a total of $61.7 million.
"These contracts are important because they help sustain our workforce, allowing us to continue providing vital maintenance and modernization capabilities to the Navy," said David Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair.
"Our dedicated team is eager to get to work on these valuable warships. Our familiarity with them will help us to effectively partner with the Navy to get them back in operation for long, continued service to our nation."
BAE Systems said it will drydock the 509.5-foot-long USS Farragut this summer and conduct structural and tank repairs, propulsion system repairs, ventilation, and auxiliary systems repairs, as well as preservation of crew habitability systems and spaces.
Work on the destroyer is expected to be completed by January 2017.
The company will perform maintenance and modernization work aboard the 610-foot-long USS Fort McHenry at the Mayport Naval Station starting in July. Work on the ship will include hull, machinery, electrical, electronics, and piping alterations and repairs. The work is expected to be completed by May 2017.
If all contract options are exercised, the cumulative value of the two contracts would rise to $68.6 million, BAE Systems said.