BAE Systems to Upgrade Criticized US Littoral Combat Ships in San Diego

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Defense contractor BAE Systems has won a $15.6 million contract to carry out maintenance work on two littoral combat ships after their initial "shakedown" cruises, the US Department of Defense announced.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has cut the US Navy's number of ships ordered from 52 to 40.

"BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $15.589 million… contract for the accomplishment of post shakedown availabilities (PSA) for USS Detroit and USS Montgomery," the announcement stated on Friday.

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The contract will cover engineering changes that were not incorporated during the construction period and is expected to be completed by March 2017, the Defense Department added.

Designed for close-shore combat, the littoral combat ship program has suffered from cost overruns, as well as embarrassing setbacks.

A government watchdog group found that the littoral combat ship USS Freedom showed cracks in the ship’s hull. The littoral combat ship USS Independence is allegedly susceptible to corrosion.

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