BAE Systems to officially name their new floating dry dock in a dedication ceremony on Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017, with U.S. Representatives Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.) among the dignitaries scheduled to speak.
At 950 feet long and capable of lifting 55,000 long tons, BAE Systems’ new dry dock is the largest floating dry dock in California.
Paired with another dry dock at the shipyard, the new dock will be critical in maintaining the growing U.S. Navy fleet in San Diego, and in keeping those ships and sailors in their homeport for maintenance and repairs.
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Later this month, the San Diego-based amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) will be the first ship to be serviced in the new dry dock.
- What: Dedication ceremony at BAE Systems’ San Diego shipyard. Company executives and elected officials will speak at the event, to be followed by an official ribbon-cutting.
- When: The dedication ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. PST and will last about an hour. Interested media should arrive at the shipyard by 4:15 p.m. Because of space restrictions, all equipment must be hand carried into the shipyard.
- Where: BAE Systems’ shipyard is located at 2205 East Belt, at the foot of Sampson Street in San Diego, near Barrio Logan.
BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul for the Navy and other government, commercial, and private customers.
In San Diego, the company operates a full-service shipyard with a highly skilled, experienced workforce of approximately 2,000 people, dry docks, and significant pier space, crane, and ship support services.