BAE Systems’ San Diego Shipyard to Modernize USS San Diego

USS San Diego
The USS San Diego returning to its San Diego homeport. Photo: BAE Systems.

BAE Systems has received a $90.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the maintenance and modernization of the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD 22) at the company’s San Diego shipyard.

The value of the contract could reach $104.8 million if all options are exercised, according to the Navy.

Under the docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract, BAE Systems will drydock the 684-foot-long ship, perform work on the underwater hull, repair its system of ballast tanks, preserve its amphibious well deck area, and refurbish the living quarters for the as many as 800 sailors and Marines that can be carried aboard.

The work is expected to begin at the San Diego shipyard in September and take more than a year to complete.

“The upcoming USS San Diego project is a major event in the service life of the ship, expanding its capability to execute a wide range of naval missions for many years to come,” BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair Vice President and General Manager David M. Thomas Jr. explained. “Our team of employees, subcontractors and Navy personnel look forward to ushering USS San Diego into its next phase of fleet readiness. We also recognize the unique and special opportunity to work aboard a ship named for our hometown.”

BAE Systems is a Virginia-based provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul services for the Navy, other government agencies, and select commercial customers. The company’s San Diego shipyard has about 1,100 employees and works with the Navy and several subcontractor companies to accomplish its ship sustainment work.

The USS San Diego is the sixth ship of the San Antonio class and was commissioned in May 2012. It’s the fourth U.S. Navy vessel named after the Southern California city.