NASSCO Awarded $174 Million To Build Destroyer Tender

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a contract for the construction of a new "Gompers Class" Destroyer Tender (AD-43) by the U.S. Navy for a target price of approximately $174 million.

The contract is a fixed-price incentive type with escalation provisions covering labor and materials. The contract brings to three the number of ADs to be built by NASSCO for the U.S.

Navy. AD-41 was contracted for in late 1975, AD-42 was contracted for in early 1976, and both will be delivered in 1980.

Delivery of AD-43 is scheduled for November 1981.

The ADs have an overall length of 641 feet 2 inches, a maximum molded breadth of 85 feet, a full load displacement of 19,800 tons, and will cruise at speeds in excess of 20 knots. With a crew of over 1,800 officers and enlisted men, the ADs will have the capability to repair and supply new nuclear-powered destroyers that are equipped with missile systems and advanced communications and electronic systems.

The "Gompers Class" destroyer tenders are the first of their type designed since World War II, and are to replace aging fleet tenders in continuous service for more than 30 years.

The contract for AD-43 brings NASSCO's current backlog to about $600 million.

Other ships under construction at NASSCO include two 90,000- dwt San Clemente-Class tankers and four 188,500-dwt San Diego- Class tankers, all of which are to be used in Alaskan oil trade.

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company is equally owned by Kaiser Industries Corporation and Morrison-Knudsen Company, Inc.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 7,  Nov 1977

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