VIDEO: BAE Systems Simultaneously Docks Two U.S. Navy Destroyers

BAE Systems performed double-docking of two U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) in the dry dock, the Pride of California, at the BAE Systems’ Ship Repair facility in San Diego, California on Oct. 8.

The synchronized two-ship docking is a first for the company’s newest dry-dock in San Diego. The company has recently released the footage of the double-docking operation.

In September, it was announced that BAE Systems has received $170.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Navy to perform the simultaneous maintenance and repair on the two destroyers in its San Diego shipyard.

Positioned end to end, the USS Stethem and USS Decatur were lifted together inside BAE Systems’ “Pride of California” dry-dock. Installed in 2017, the Pride of California is 950 feet long, 160 feet wide and has a lifting capacity of 55,000 tons – making it the largest floating dry-dock in San Diego. The destroyers each displace about 9,000 tons and are expected to be re-floated in April 2020.

The double-docking represented the first time since 2012 when USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) were docked in Norfolk, which the Navy has collaborated with Industry to simultaneously dry-dock two surface ships. The last time a west-coast shipyard executed a double-docking was in 2011 with the docking of USS Curts (FFG 38) and USS Vandegrift (FFG 48).

The USS Stethem is the 13th ship of the Arleigh Burke-class, which is the Navy’s largest class of surface warfare combatants. Named for Master Chief Constructionman Robert Stethem, the 505-foot-long ship was commissioned in October 1995. BAE Systems will perform hull, mechanical and engineering repairs aboard the ship. Once back in the water, the Stethem’s Extended Docking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) is expected to be completed in October 2020.

The USS Decatur is the 23rd ship of the Arleigh Burke-class. Named for the early 19th Century Naval hero Stephen Decatur Jr., the ship was commissioned in August 1998. BAE Systems will perform much of the same upgrade work aboard the 505-foot-long Decatur as it will perform on-board the Stethem. After undocking, the Decatur’s EDSRA work is expected to continue into October 2020.

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