The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $29.4 million contract to maintain the USS Gettysburg (CG 64).
The contract includes options that if exercised would raise the total value to $31.8 million.
The special selected restricted availability of the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser will begin in June and be completed in December. BAE Systems’ Norfolk, Virginia shipyard will perform the repair, maintenance, and modernization work aboard the 567-foot-long ship.
USS Gettysburg is equipped with the Aegis Combat System, which provides air defense for aircraft carrier battle groups. The ship was commissioned in 1991.
“We have a very successful history of working on the Navy’s fleet of Aegis cruisers,” said Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems’ Norfolk shipyard. “This maintenance availability will prepare the Gettysburg for more extensive modernization later.”
Gettysburg will eventually undergo the AEGIS Modernization program which encompasses computing system upgrades and the AEGIS Baseline 9 which brings increased warfighting capabilities such as simultaneous Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) and Ballistic Missile Defense, called Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD), among other upgrades.