BAE Systems has been awarded a $42.9 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the modernization of the USS Vicksburg (CG 69), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser. The value of the competitively awarded contract could reach $45.9 million if all options are exercised.
BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and miscellaneous repairs aboard the 567-foot-long ship, including the replacement of critical aluminum structures, under the special selected restricted availability (SSRA) contract.
The work is expected to begin in April and be completed by September at the company’s Norfolk, Virginia shipyard.
The Vicksburg is the second East Coast-based guided missile cruiser to undergo extensive repair and upgrade work as part of the Navy’s long-term modernization program for cruisers.
The Norfolk shipyard recently completed SSRA work aboard the USS Gettysburg (CG 64).
(USS Vicksburg and other ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 conduct training exercises on the Black Sea. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy and YouTube)
“The Vicksburg is our second SSRA under the long-term cruiser mod program,” said Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair.
“Our team recently completed similar work onboard the Gettysburg, which is now ready for the next phase of modernization next year and continued service in the fleet afterwards.”
“This SSRA contract provides important work for our shipyard team, particularly for our skilled employees and their work with aluminum structures aboard Navy ships.”
BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul services for the Navy, other government agencies, and select commercial customers.
The company operates five full-service shipyards in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia, and offers a highly skilled, experienced workforce, dry docks and marine railways, deep water access, and significant pier space and ship support services.