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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $16 Million Ship Maintenance Contract for USNS Washington Chambers

BAE Systems will perform overhaul and maintenance services for the USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ammunition ship (U.S. Navy photo).
BAE Systems has received a $16.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy to perform overhaul and maintenance services for the USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ammunition ship.
The work, which will take place at the company’s shipyard in San Francisco, California, is scheduled to begin next month and conclude in April.
 
“The Washington Chambers is the latest of Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo ammunition ships to come to our yard for overhaul and upkeep services,” said Hugh Vanderspek, general manager of BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair. “Our highly skilled workforce has completed dry dock projects on nine of these complex diesel-electric drive ships. We are pleased to be recognized by MSC for our ability and success in maintaining these critical assets and returning them on time to keep the Navy fleet supplied and on the move.”
 
The scope of work under the competitively awarded contract includes dry docking the 689-foot-long ship; overhauling its main engines; performing maintenance work on its bow thruster and propeller systems; clearing and preserving internal tanks and voids; working on its heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system; and conducting underwater hull cleaning and painting. The Washington Chambers is the tenth T-AKE ship to be dry docked at the Bay Area shipyard.

BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul for the Navy, other government agencies, and select commercial customers. The company operates seven full-service shipyards in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia, and offers a highly skilled, experienced workforce, eight dry docks, and significant pier space and ship support services. The company also has commercial shipbuilding and module fabrication capabilities at its Mobile, Alabama, and Jacksonville, Florida, shipyards.
 
 
Ref. 160/2015