US Navy awards contract to BAE Systems to modernize USS Stout DDG 55 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer

According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on November 17, 2020, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair (BAE Systems), Norfolk, Virginia, was awarded a $76,251,735 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of the USS Stout (DDG 55) Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer fiscal 2021 docking selected restricted availability (DSRA). This is a Chief of Naval Operations scheduled DSRA. The purpose is to maintain, modernize, and repair the USS Stout (DDG 55).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) transits the Arabian Sea, June 12 2020.(Picture source U.S. Navy)

This is a “long-term” docking availability and was solicited on a coast-wide (East and Gulf coasts) basis without limiting the place of performance to the vessel’s homeport. BAE Systems will provide the facilities and human resources capable of completing, coordinating and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair and modernization for USS Stout (DDG 55). Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by November 2021.

The USS Stout (DDG-55) is the fifth Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, she was commissioned on 13 August 1994 and she is currently home-ported in Naval Station Norfolk. On October 2020, the USS Stout (DDG 55) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, marking the end of a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 2nd, 5th, and 6th Fleet areas of operation.

The USS Stout participated in the International Maritime Security Construct’s operational arm, CTF Sentinel, ensuring safe passage in international waters throughout the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and the Gulf of Oman. As a Sentinel ship, Stout spent 139 days in direct or associated support of the task force to ensure the free flow of commerce. Stout provided overwatch for more than 550 vessels as they transited critical chokepoints and delivered 1,500 maritime awareness calls to regional commercial shipping.

The USS Stout navigated more than 60,000 nautical miles and completed multiple straits and choke point transits, including the Strait of Gibraltar, the Suez Canal, the Bab-el Mandeb Strait, and the Strait of Hormuz. A member of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) Two Six, Stout is homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.

The USS Stout DDG 55 represents the original design of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and are designated as Flight I ships. The Arleigh Burke design incorporates stealth techniques, such as the angled rather than traditional vertical surfaces and the tripod mainmast,[15][16] which make the ship more difficult to detect, in particular by anti-ship missiles. A Collective Protection System makes the Arleigh Burke class the first U.S. warships designed with an air-filtration system against nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare (NBC). The ship is built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction passive electronically scanned array radar. The Aegis Combat System is an American integrated naval weapons system developed by the Missile and Surface Radar Division of RCA, and now produced by Lockheed Martin. It uses powerful computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets.

The USS Sout is armed with one 29 cells, one 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launching systems with 90 × RIM-156 SM-2 surface-to-air missile, BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile or RUM-139 VL-ASROC anti-submarine missiles, two Mk 141 Harpoon Missile Launcher SSM, one Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm) naval gun, two 25 mm chain gun, four .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns, two 20 mm Phalanx CIWS Close-In Weapon Systems and two Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes.