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BAE Systems modernizing cruiser USS Vicksburg

Under a special selected restricted availability (SSRA) contract, BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and miscellaneous repairs on board the 567ft USS Vicksburg, including the replacement of critical aluminum structures. The work is expected to begin in April and be completed by September at the company’s Norfolk, Virginia, shipyard.

The Vicksburg is the second East Coast-based guided missile cruiser to undergo extensive repair and upgrade work as part of the US Navy's long-term modernization program for cruisers. The Norfolk shipyard recently completed SSRA work on board the USS Gettysburg (CG 64).

“The Vicksburg is our second SSRA under the long-term cruiser mod program,” said Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. “Our team recently completed similar work on board the Gettysburg, which is now ready for the next phase of modernization next year and continued service in the fleet afterward. This SSRA contract provides important work for our shipyard team, particularly for our skilled employees and their work with aluminum structures on board Navy ships.”

BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion and overhaul services, and operates five full-service shipyards in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii and Virginia. - March 2017

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