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BAE Wins $19 Million for Depot-level Maintenance of Guided Missile Cruiser USS Princeton
USS Princeton (Image:US Navy)

BAE Systems was awarded an $18.9 million order for a selected restricted availability (SRA) on USS Princeton (CG 59) homeported in San Diego, California. 

This delivery order is for a SRA to execute depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities, the US department of defense said in a statement Monday.

Work is expected to be completed by September 2018. 

Washington-based ships assigned to Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 returned Dec. 10 following a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf.

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), with embarked CSG 11, returned home to Naval Base Kitsap, and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) returned to Naval Station Everett.

The strike group consists of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Princeton (CG 59) and USS Lake Erie (CG 70). The air wing and DESRON command staff disembarked in San Diego Dec. 5, along with Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83). Princeton returned to San Diego Dec. 6 and USS Pinckney (DDG 91), and Lake Erie returned to their homeport of San Diego Dec. 10.

The strike group sailed more than 78,000 miles during the deployment (equivalent to approximately five times around the world), flew over 1,000 combat sorties into Iraq and Syria, and dropped over 900 pieces of ordnance. The strike group conducted training and operations with the French Marine Nationale, Indian Navy, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Navy, Royal Australian Navy, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy.

These included Exercise Malabar 2017 in the Indian Ocean, Intrepid Sentinel in the Gulf of Oman and landmark Three-Carrier Strike Force Operations in the Western Pacific. In addition, the strike group conducted visit, board, search and seizure drills, close-in coordinated maneuvers, flag hoisting drills, sea surveillance, replenishments-at-sea, maritime patrol and reconnaissance, explosive ordnance disposal operations, and air, surface and anti-submarine warfare training. 

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