BAE Systems gets $114M contract to modernize USS Bulkeley

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) -- BAE Systems has received a multimillion-dollar contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize a guided-missile destroyer.

In a news release, BAE Systems said work on the USS Bulkeley will be done at its Norfolk shipyard. 

Work on the Bulkeley is expected to start in March, and will include extensive hull, mechanical and electrical repairs. The shipyard will also be upgrading the Bulkeley's combat systems suite.

According to the release, this work is expected to be completed in June 2020. 

BAE Systems said it expects to hire additional workers and temporary employees for the Bulkeley job.

The Bulkeley -- which is the 34th ship in the Arleigh Burke class -- was named for Vice Admiral John Bulkeley, who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, said, "Our team has significant experience with the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers and with the Bulkeley in particular."

The release said the contract is worth $114.5 million, but could reach $136.2 million if all options are exercised.

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