BAE Wins $295M USS Kearsarge Modernization Contract

BAE Wins $295M USS Kearsarge Modernization Contract

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) will undergo upgrade and repair work in the fiscal year 2023 thanks to a $295 million contract that the Navy awarded BAE Systems on December 9, Friday.

The agreement has options that, if exercised, might increase the firm-fixed-price contract action value to more than $340 million.

BAE Systems offers leading ship maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul services to the Navy, other governmental organizations, and a few select private clients.

With three full-service shipyards in California, Florida, and Virginia, the corporation also provides highly skilled, experienced personnel, seven dry docks and railways, a sizable amount of pier space, and ship support services.

According to BAE, the LHD-3 will get maintenance and upgrade work for more than 20 months starting in April 2023 at its Norfolk Ship Repair facility in Virginia under this docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract.

The shipyard will undertake significant hull, tank, and mechanical maintenance, refurbish all crew and Marines aboard living quarters, and examine the boilers.

The 29-year-old ship's construction is anticipated to be finished by BAE Systems in January 2025.

"The extended sustainment period onboard the USS Kearsarge provides a great environment to apply BAE Systems' substantial experience with ships of the same class and considerable production skills and supports job stability across our shipyard and supply base," said Vice President and General Manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Mike Bruneau.

"Through our maintenance and modernization efforts, the Kearsarge will be ready to deploy for many years to come," Bruneau said.

The USS Kearsarge is the United States' third ship in the USS Wasp class. The expeditionary Marines and their equipment can be transported anywhere in the world on Navy amphibious assault ships.

The present-day Kearsarge is the fourth American vessel to sail with the said name. The company's Norfolk shipyard is also finishing a similar refurbishment effort aboard the Wasp.

The USS Essex (LHD-2) will undergo maintenance and modernization at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair Center under a comparable deal that could be valued up to $148 million earlier this year.

BAE has already begun preparations for the LHD-3 drydocking by hiring both permanent personnel and casual workers. Nearly 1,000 people work at the Norfolk shipyard in support and skilled maritime trade positions.

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