BAE Systems to upgrade USS Carter Hall under $87M contract

BAE Systems secured an $87.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy to undertake repair tasks on the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), the British company said in a press release Thursday.

The agreement also encompasses additional options, which, if utilized, could increase the total value to $92.2 million.

As part of the contract awarded through competitive bidding, the USS Carter Hall will undergo a year-long restoration period at BAE Systems' shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, where the ship is based.

“Our team looks forward to working with the Navy to perform the substantial sustainment work necessary to ensure the Carter Hall remains a highly capable amphibious combatant ship,” David M. Thomas, Jr., vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair said in the company statement.

Starting in July 2024, BAE Systems will commence operations on the 610-foot-long vessel, conducting a range of maintenance and preservation tasks on its hull, internal fuel and ballast tanks, and engineering systems.

Following an eight-month overseas deployment, the USS Carter Hall has recently returned to its homeport. Commissioned in Sept. 1995, it is the second U.S. Navy vessel to be named Carter Hall. Designed to accommodate 420 sailors and carry up to 500 Marines, the ship plays a crucial role in naval operations.

With a workforce of approximately 1,000 employees, BAE Systems' Norfolk shipyard collaborates with numerous subcontractor partners to facilitate ship repair endeavors.

BAE Systems stands as a premier provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul services, catering to the Navy, other governmental bodies, and specific commercial clients.

Operating three comprehensive shipyards located in California, Florida, and Virginia, the company boasts a proficient and seasoned workforce, seven dry docks and railways, and considerable pier space and supplementary ship support amenities.

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