BAE Systems adding 100 jobs for modernization work on USS Tortuga

The shipyard was awarded a $140M contract for the work

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga sits at anchor outside Sasebo, Japan during well deck operations in 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by: Chief Electronics Technician Craig Stommel)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — BAE Systems has been awarded a contract worth nearly $140 million to perform modernization and repair work on the USS Tortuga.

The company is expected to add 100 full-time positions before work begins on the Tortogua. The shipyard currently employees about 870 people.

BAE Systems says the contract will involve installing upgraded systems and other systems to extent the Tortuga’s service live beyond 40 years.

The Department of Defense says the contract has options that, if exercised, would bump its value up to more than $180 million.

Work on the USS Tortuga is expected to take 16 months be completed in May 2019.