BAE Systems was awarded a $119.2 million U.S. Navy contract to modernize the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen.
The contract could reach $137.9 million if all options are exercised, BAE Systems said in a Jan. 10 news release.
BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair will dry-dock the Mayport-based ship for seven months.
In addition to underwater hull preservation work, BAE will recondition the ship’s engineering spaces, upgrade its command and control equipment, and refurbish the crew’s living spaces. The company expects the work to begin in January and be completed in April 2024.
“The modernization work we will perform on the USS Lassen is a major project for our team and industry partners, and builds upon our recent DMP work aboard two other ships,” Tim Spratto, BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair’s general manager, said in a news release.
“Our work will usher the Lassen into a higher phase of capability in the fleet,” Spratto said.
BAE Systems’ Jacksonville shipyard is about to complete similar work aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill and previously modernized the USS Roosevelt.
USS Lassen is the 32nd ship of the Arleigh Burke class and was commissioned in April 2001. The ship is named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Clyde Lassen, who was recognized for his actions as a naval aviator during the Vietnam conflict.
A previous U.S. Navy ship called USS Lassen was named after a Northern California volcano.
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 full-service shipyards in California, Florida and Virginia, and offers seven dry docks and railways, pier space and ship support services.
The company’s Jacksonville shipyard has about 660 employees and works with the Navy and several subcontractor companies to perform its ship sustainment work.