USA: BAE Systems Receives USNS Richard E. Byrd Contract

BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair has received a $13.3 million contract for a 53-calendar day regular overhaul and dry-docking of USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).

The ship is the fourth in a new class of combat logistics force ships and is able to deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to the Navy’s carrier strike groups and other naval forces worldwide.

Designed to operate independently for extended periods at sea while providing underway replenishment services, the T-AKE will directly contribute to the ability of the Navy to maintain a forward presence.

This availability is primarily for freeze chill decking structure support and repairs; installing a reverse-osmosis system to produce fresh water; inspecting the propeller shaft and stern tube; cleaning and painting of the underwater hull; and replacing the flight deck foam sprinkler piping.

The work will be performed in San Francisco, Calif., and is expected to be completed by January 17, 2013.

San Francisco Ship Repair offers the largest floating dry dock on the U.S. West Coast. The dry dock is certified by the United States government NAVSEA, and is capable of lifting Post Panamax cruise ships. The shipyard provides maintenance, alterations and repairs to cruise liners from their Alaska and Mexico trade routes, trans-Alaska pipeline tankers, foreign and domestic bulk carriers and container ships, military vessels and local bay traffic.

Naval Today Staff,November 23, 2012