BAE Systems to Modernize Cruiser USS Vicksburg Under $42 Million Navy Contract
NORFOLK, Va. — The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $42.9 million contract for the modernization of USS Vicksburg, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser. The value of the competitively awarded contract could reach $45.9 million if all options are exercised, the company announced in a March 16 release.
Under the special selected restricted availability (SSRA) contract, BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and miscellaneous repairs aboard the 567-foot-long ship, including the replacement of critical aluminum structures. The work is expected to begin in April and be completed by September at the company’s Norfolk shipyard. Vicksburg is the second East Coast-based guided-missile cruiser to undergo extensive repair and upgrade work as part of the Navy’s long-term modernization program for cruisers. The Norfolk shipyard recently completed SSRA work aboard the USS Gettysburg.
“The Vicksburg is our second SSRA under the long-term cruiser mod program,” said Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. “Our team recently completed similar work onboard the Gettysburg, which is now ready for the next phase of modernization next year and continued service in the fleet afterwards. This SSRA contract provides important work for our shipyard team, particularly for our skilled employees and their work with aluminum structures aboard Navy ships.”