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General Dynamics NASSCO to modernize US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bataan.

| 2020

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics a contract worth $107 million for USS Bataan maintenance, modernization and repair. The company will provide the facilities and human resources capable of completing, coordinating and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair and modernization for USS Bataan (LHD 5). Work is expected to be completed by December 2021.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 At sea with USS Bataan (LHD-5) Jul. 17, 1999 — The amphibious assault ship Bataan conducts training operations in the Atlantic Ocean in preparation for an upcoming maiden deployment. (Picture source: U.S. Navy, Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Dennis Timms)

NASSCO will carry out the vessel's selected restricted availability for the fiscal year 2020 under the firm-fixed-price contract, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

Naval Sea Systems Command received one offer for the project via a full and open competition within the East Coast and Gulf Coast areas. The branch will obligate $106.9M at the time of award from its FY 2020 operations and maintenance and other procurement funds.

Work will take place in Norfolk, Va., through December 2021.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001An amphibious assault vehicle enters the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). (Picture source: U.S. DoD)

About the Wasp-class:

The Wasp-class is a class of Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious assault ships operated by the United States Navy. Based on the Tarawa class, with modifications to operate more advanced aircraft and landing craft, the Wasp-class is capable of transporting almost the full strength of a United States Marine Corps Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and landing them in hostile territory via landing craft or helicopters as well as providing air support via AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft or F-35B Lightning II stealth strike-fighters.

USS Bataan is a 257m-long Wasp-class amphibious assault ship having a displacement of 40,500 tons. It has a maximum speed of 22 knots, and a range of 17,600km at 18 knots. The warship was deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom after 9/11 attacks and during Iraq War.

The ship is armed with two semi-active radar-guided Nato Sea Sparrow missile systems (NSSMS) for anti-air warfare protection, two rolling airframe missile (RAM) systems and two Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS) mounts to counter threats from low-flying aircraft and close-in small craft.

Six super-rapid blooming offboard chaff (SRBOC) decoy system launchers augment LHD 6’s anti-ship missile defences. Three 25mm machine guns and four 12.7mm machine guns are also fitted.

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