Ship repair deal for General Dynamics

General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a seven-year contract for the maintenance and emergent repair of San Diego-based LHA and LHD class amphibious assault ships.

The contract includes options to be exercised by the US Navy through fiscal year 2013. The value of the contract, if all options are exercised, could total approximately $400m.

Under the contract, NASSCO will perform 12 scheduled maintenance availabilities aboard USS Tarawa, USS Peleliu, USS Essex, USS Boxer, USS Bonhomme Richard and the Makin Island, once the latter is commissioned and home-ported in San Diego next year.

According to NASSCO, the company has the largest floating dry-dock in San Diego, permitting the full range of service to these ships.

NASSCO was first awarded a seven-year contract for maintenance of LHA and LHD class ships in December 1997, and received a two-year extension in October 2002. The initial award under the contract is $63,000 for the pre-planning work leading to the scheduled maintenance availability of USS Boxer in June 2007.