U.S Navy Awards $87.2 Million Contract To BAE Systems To Upgrade USS Carter Hall

USS Carter Hall
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The United States Navy has awarded BAE Systems a contract for more than $87 million to repair the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50).

As part of the contract, the USS Carter Hall will undergo a year of restoration work at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, beginning in July 2024.

The ship recently returned to its homeport after an eight-month foreign mission that included Red Sea patrols in response to Israel’s ongoing conflict with Hamas and attacks on commercial vessels by Yemen’s Houthis.

The nearly 30-year-old vessel, commissioned in September 1995, will undergo maintenance and preservation work on its hull, internal fuel, ballast tanks, and engineering system.

David M. Thomas, Jr., vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, emphasised the company’s commitment to ensure that the USS Carter Hall remains a highly competent amphibious combatant ship.

The $87,284,916 firm-fixed-price contract has options that, if exercised, would increase the total value to $92,268,063.

BAE Systems, a prominent provider of ship repair, conversion, maintenance, modernisation, and overhaul services, employs over 1,000 people at its Norfolk shipyard and collaborates with dozens of subcontractors on ship repair operations.

The USS Carter Hall, a Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship, can accommodate 420 sailors and up to 500 mariners.

From its flight deck, it can deploy up to four air-cushioned landing craft (LCACs) or a significantly larger number of smaller amphibious assault vessels, as well as two Sea Stallion-sized helicopters.

Reference: Financial Times

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