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U.S. Navy awards BAE Systems $62 million to maintain two ships in Jacksonville

USS Farragut, Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts to BAE Systems for the repair and maintenance of two ships based in Jacksonville, Florida.
Both awards come within days of one another and have a combined value of $61.7 million and a cumulative value of $68.6 million if all options are exercised.
“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.”
On May 10, BAE Systems received a $32.5 million contract from the Navy for the docking selected restricted availability of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99). The company will drydock the 509.5-foot-long destroyer this summer and will perform structural and tank repairs, propulsion system repairs, ventilation, and auxiliary systems repairs, as well as preservation of crew habitability systems and spaces. This contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $33.7 million. The work is expected to be completed by January 2017.
USS Fort McHenry, Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy
On May 18, BAE Systems received at $29.2 million contract from the Navy for the phased maintenance availability of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). The company will perform maintenance and modernization work aboard the 610-foot-long amphibious warfare ship at the Mayport Naval Station, starting in July. Work aboard the Fort McHenry includes hull, machinery, electrical, electronics, and piping alterations and repairs. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $34.9 million. The work is expected to be completed by May 2017. 
BAE Systems' shipyards in Jacksonville are full-service ship repair operations. In addition to naval maintenance and modernization work, the company’s Heckscher Drive shipyard team is under contract to provide repair services to several private yacht and workboat owners, while also nearing completion of a 141-foot-long articulated tug barge under construction at the yard.
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.
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