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BAE Systems has secured a contract worth $36.6 million from the US Navy to modernise the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole.

USS Cole will undergo one year 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 $96.7 million.

Commissioned in June 1996, the vessel is named after U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The work is expected to begin in July for a period of 12 months and will see BAE Systems workers and sub contractors dry-dock the 505-foot-long Cole and perform upgrades and repairs to the ship’s hull and engineering systems that will affect nearly every space on board.

Dave Thomas, Vice President and General Manager of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, said: “Our work on board the USS Cole is important to the service life of the ship and for expanding its capability to carry out future missions. We are prepared to perform this extensive dry-docking, working with the ship’s crew, the Navy, and our industry partners.”

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