The US Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $145-million contract to maintain and upgrade the USS Nitze (DDG 94) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.
Under the agreement, the Nitze will be dry-docked and receive underwater hull preservation and a renovated living quarters.
BAE Systems will also deliver updates for the ship’s Aegis combat system and related command and control equipment.
The company’s Norfolk shipyard will facilitate the overall depot maintenance period (DMP) for the destroyer.
Work for the contract is scheduled to commence in July 2023.
Sustaining US Navy Destroyer Effectiveness
Commissioned in 2005, the USS Nitze is the US Navy’s 44th Arleigh Burke ship.
Alongside the vessel, BAE Systems has begun similar works for the USS Lassen (DDG 88) and USS Mustin (DDG 89) at its Florida and San Diego shipyards.
“The depot maintenance periods are necessarily complex and critical to maintain the combat effectiveness of DDGs,” BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Vice President and General Manager David Thomas Jr. stated.
“BAE Systems Norfolk looks forward to conducting the assigned DMP work that will enable the USS Nitze to move into its next phase of fleet readiness.”