U.S. Navy awards BAE Systems $41 million contract to modernize USS Oscar Austin

BAE Systems has received a $41.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79). The Oscar Austin will undergo 12 months of extensive work at the company’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, the ship’s homeport. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $117.1 million. Under the depot maintenance period (DMP) contract, BAE Systems will dry-dock the 509-foot-long Oscar Austin. The shipyard’s employees and subcontractors will then upgrade the ship’s Aegis Combat System and will perform alterations…

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USS Oscar Austin Departs Brest

USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) departed Brest, France, October 12, 2017, after a port visit and refueling. Oscar Austin is conducting a routine deployment supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe and increasing theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. “Our time in Brest was very well spent,” said Cdr Samantha Dutily, commanding officer, USS Oscar Austin. “It provided the crew an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful country of France, allowed us to refuel the ship, and gave me the opportunity to…

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