BAE Systems plc, a major defense contractor in San Diego, said Jan. 15 that it was awarded a $31 million contract for ship repair and upgrades to the USS Bunker Hill, a U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser.
The work, scheduled for BAE’s shipyard on San Diego Bay, starts next month and lasts a year. It involves an average of 300 workers daily, the company said.
The project includes replacing the ship’s steam-operated systems with electrical systems; corrosion control enhancements; underwater hull preservation; and extensive weapons systems upgrades. The Bunker Hill was launched in 1985.
BAE’s ship repair unit here has more than 2,000 employees, making it among the largest defense contractors in the region. The British company said it had worldwide employment of 96,000 and 2006 sales of $27 billion.
, Mike Allen