First Ship Set to Enter BAE Systems’ New Dry Dock

Posted by Eric Haun

BAE Systems will dock the first ship in its new floating dry dock
tonight, Pride of California, on Wednesday, February 22. The
docking of the San Diego-based amphibious transport dock ship USS
New Orleans (LPD 18) is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and is
expected to take up to five hours.

At 950 feet long and capable of lifting 55,000 long tons, BAE
Systems' new Pride of California dry dock is the largest floating
dry dock in California. USS New Orleans is 684 feet long,
displaces more than 24,000 tons and entered service in 2007.
Under a contract issued last November, BAE Systems will work on
the ship's hull and tanks; its ventilation, propulsion and
auxiliary systems, and crew's living quarters. The docking is
scheduled to last six months.

In addition to the New Orleans, BAE Systems is currently
performing repair services aboard the guided missile destroyer
USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) in the Pride of San Diego dry dock.

Feb 22, 2017

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