BAE Systems gets post shakedown contract for two US Navy destroyers

Future USS John Finn during sea trials. Photo: HII

The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a $19.4 million contract to perform post shakedown availability (PSA) work on the U.S. Navy’s two new Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers.

The contract will see BAE Systems perform maintenance and eventual repairs and alterations found following the ships’ shakedown cruises.

Destroyers John Finn (DDG 113) and Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) are covered under this contract which contains options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $50,932,807.

John Finn (DDG 113) was built by Huntington Ingalls Industries and is scheduled to be commissioned into the navy on July 15 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) was built at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works and was delivered to the navy on February 3, 2017. The ship’s commissioning ceremony will take place in San Diego on July 29, 2017.

Both ships are Flight IIA restart destroyers incorporating the Aegis baseline 9 combat system. The system includes an integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) capability, with the ballistic missile defense 5.0 capability upgrade (BMD 5.0CU) and naval integrated fire control-counter air (NIFC-CA).

The PSA is accomplished within a period of approximately 10-16 weeks between the time of ship custody transfer to the Navy and the shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) obligation work limiting date.

Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by May 2018.

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