US Navy Awards BAE Systems $26.8M USS Iwo Jima Maintenance Contract
The United States Navy has awarded BAE Systems a contract to carry out phased maintenance for the USS Iwo Jima (LHD7), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. This contract is valued at $26.8 million, with possible additional options which if exercised, would potentially raise the total value of the contract to $32.6 million. Under the contract, BAE Systems will be expected to perform a wide range of services including ship alterations, habitability upgrades, repairs to auxiliary and ventilation systems, as well as carrying out tank and structural repairs and preservation. The beginning of the phased maintenance will start on August 31 of 2015, with the end date of the maintenance expected to be on July 1 of 2016.
“We look forward to welcoming Iwo Jima back to Naval Station Mayport later this summer,” said David Thomas, director of ship repair at BAE Systems Jacksonville and Mayport. “Our men and women are eager to leverage their expertise and get to work on the ship in support of the Navy and Marine Corps."
The USS Iwo Jima is the last Wasp-class vessel of the United States Navy, and the first of its kind to carry a squadron of Harrier II (AV-8B) short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) jets and to employ air-cushion landing craft (LCACS).
BAE Systems proves to be a great candidate for this contract, as they are a leading provider of ship maintenance, repair, conversion, modernization, and overhaul for commercial and private customers, as well as the Navy and other government agencies. The company offers seven full-service shipyards all across the country in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia. They have an experienced workforce of more than 5,000 highly skilled employees will the capabilities of utilizing a great amount of ship support services as well as pier space. BAE Systems is also capable of commercial shipbuilding and module fabrication.
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