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BAE Systems to modernise USS Carney and USS Winston S. Churchill

Posted 12 August 2020 · Add Comment

BAE Systems has received a $83.5 million contract from the US Navy to modernise the guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64) and USS Winston S Churchill (DDG 81).



Above: US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64).
Courtesy BAE Systems / US Navy photo (navy.mil)


The modernisation work will be performed sequentially at the company’s shipyard in Jacksonville. The contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $211.6 million.
 
The USS Carney will be first in the shipyard, arriving in September 2020. The 23-year-old ship just returned from a six-year operational period in Rota, Spain and will undergo extensive repair and upgrade work that will take more than 400 days to complete. The shipyard will drydock the ship and perform maintenance of the underwater hull, renovation of crew habitability spaces and upgrades to shipboard systems. The modernisation is scheduled to be completed in November 2021.
 
The Winston S. Churchill will undergo a 390-day maintenance period when the ship arrives in June 2021. The shipyard’s work aboard the 18-year-old ship will include drydocking, replacement of steel structures onboard and support of the electronic systems upgrades. The modernisation of the Winston S. Churchill is scheduled to be completed in July 2022.
 
“The modernisation work aboard the Carney and Winston S. Churchill are significant for our Jacksonville maritime team and important for the service lives and mission capability of these combatants,” said Tim Spratto, general manager of BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair. “The back-to-back sequencing of work is efficient and beneficial for our employees, our subcontractors and our Navy customer.”
 
BAE Systems’ Jacksonville shipyard has posted jobs and is expecting to hire workers in a number of trades, including welders, pipefitters, electricians and painters, over the next two years to work on the two destroyers and for its ongoing repair and modernisation work on other ships. The award of these two ships will also provide work for BAE Systems’ team of subcontractor partners and third-party vendors in the port.
 
Commissioned in 1996, the USS Carney is named after Admiral Robert Carney, who served as chief of naval operations during the Eisenhower administration. The USS Winston S. Churchill was commissioned in 2001.

 

 

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