The destroyer USS Russell has its date with the shipyard.

The U.S. Navy recently announced that BAE Systems Ship Repair in Barrio Logan received a $49.8 million contract modification for the ship’s trip to the dry dock. The deal includes options which would bring the cumulative value to $50.3 million.

Work includes depot-level maintenance, alterations and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities. Work is expected to be complete by February. The San Diego-based Southwest Regional Maintenance Center awarded the contract.

Early in the year, when it looked as though Congress would not pass a defense budget for 2013, the Navy said it planned to postpone work on up to 10 ships, including the Russell.

The Russell is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

BAE Systems Ship Repair is a unit of London-based BAE Systems plc. The corporation employs about 88,000 people across the globe.

— SDBJ Staff Report