BAE Systems has received a $90.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the maintenance and modernization of the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD 22). Under the docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract awarded, BAE Systems will dry-dock the 684-foot-long ship, perform work on the underwater hull, repair its system of ballast tanks, preserve its amphibious well deck area, and refurbish the living spaces for as many as 800 sailors and Marines that can be carried aboard.
“The upcoming USS San Diego project is a major event in the service life of the ship, expanding its capability to execute a wide range of naval missions for many years to come,” said David M. Thomas Jr., vice president and general manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair. “Our team of employees, subcontractors and Navy personnel look forward to ushering USS San Diego into its next phase of fleet readiness. We also recognize the unique and special opportunity to work aboard a ship named for our hometown.”
USS San Diego is the sixth ship of the San Antonio class and was commissioned in May 2012. The ship is the fourth U.S. Navy vessel named after the southern California city. The city is the home of Naval Base San Diego, the Navy’s largest base in the Pacific, and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, the United States Marine Corps’ west coast recruit training center. San Diego’s keel was laid down on 23 May 2007, at Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched on 7 May 2010, and christened on 12 June, sponsored by Linda Winter, wife of former Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter.
The value of the competitively awarded contract could reach $104.8 million if all options are exercised. The work is expected to begin in September 2021 at the company’s San Diego shipyard and take more than a year to complete. 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’s San Diego shipyard has approximately 1,100 employees and works with the Navy and several subcontractor companies to accomplish its ship sustainment work.