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BAE Systems wins contract to modernize destroyer USS Nitze.

| 2023

According to a PR published by BAE Systems on February 27, 2023, the company has received a $145 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the maintenance and modernization of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Nitze. (Picture source: US DoD)

The value of the competitively awarded contract could reach $161 million if all options are exercised.

Under the depot maintenance period (DMP) contract awarded, BAE Systems’ Norfolk shipyard will dry-dock the ship, perform underwater hull preservation work, upgrade the ship’s Aegis combat system and its command and control equipment, and refurbish the living spaces for the ship’s 325 crewmembers. The work is expected to begin in July.

BAE Systems recently began DMP work aboard the USS Lassen (DDG 88) in its Jacksonville, Florida shipyard, and is conducting similar work aboard the USS Mustin (DDG 89) in its San Diego shipyard.

USS Nitze is the 44th ship in the Arleigh Burke class and was commissioned in March 2005. The ship is named in honor of former Secretary of the Navy and chief U.S. arms control advisor Paul Nitze (1907-2004).

About the destroyer

The ship has a displacement of 6,600 tons when light and 9,200 tons when full, with a dead weight of 2,600 tons. She measures 509 feet 6 inches in length overall and has a waterline length of 471 feet. The beam measures 66 feet at its extreme and 59 feet at the waterline, while the maximum draft is 31 feet and the limit is 22 feet.

USS Nitze is propelled by four General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines and two shafts, which provide a total of 100,000 shp (75 MW) and enable her to reach a speed of over 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph). The complement of the ship consists of 30 officers and 350 sailors.

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