US Navy to update USS Cole

BAE Systems has received a US$36.6 million contract from the US Navy to modernise the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole.

Cole will undergo one year of extensive work at the company’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, the ship’s homeport.

The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to US$96.7 million.

BAE will dry-dock the 154-metre-long Cole and perform upgrades and repairs to the ship’s hull and engineering systems that will affect nearly every space on board.

The work is expected to begin in July and be completed in July 2019.

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