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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $175 Million for Guided-Missile Cruiser Modernization

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BAE Systems has received a $175 million contract from the U.S. Navy to
modernize the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). The
Vicksburg will undergo approximately 18 months of work at the company’s
shipyard in Norfolk, Va., the ship’s homeport. The modernization period
(MODPRD) contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the
cumulative value to $175.1 million.

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BAE Systems’ Norfolk Shipyard will conduct an 18-month extensive modernization program aboard the gu ...

BAE Systems’ Norfolk Shipyard will conduct an 18-month extensive modernization program aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) (Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)

BAE Systems initiated the first phase of Vicksburg’s modernization
program in May 2017. The company will begin the final phase of work,
called MODPRD, later this month. Under the new contract, the shipyard’s
employees and industry partners will work on the ship’s weapons and
engineering equipment, including its gas turbine propulsion system;
restore crew habitability spaces, and support the installation of a new
Aegis combat system, communication suite and CANES (Consolidated Afloat
Network Enterprise System). The Vicksburg’s MODPRD is scheduled to be
complete in July 2021, allowing the ship to rejoin the operational fleet

BAE Systems’ Norfolk shipyard also is performing similar work on the
guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). The Gettysburg’s MODPRD
work began in January 2019 and is expected to be complete in fall 2020.
The Gettysburg and Vicksburg were commissioned in the early 1990s. BAE
Systems’ work is expected to extend the service lives of both ships into
the mid-2030s.

“Over the last few years, BAE Systems has worked extensively on
modernizing the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet cruisers,” said Dave Thomas, vice
president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. “The
Vicksburg and Gettysburg modernizations are big jobs. Our experience
with cruisers and the expertise of our ship repair partners will return
these vital combatants to the fleet with clear improvements and upgraded
capability to carry out their missions.”

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 four full-service shipyards in California, Florida, Hawaii, and
Virginia, and offers a highly skilled, experienced workforce, six dry
docks, two marine railways, and significant pier space and ship support