Contract Issued for Damaged Enterprise
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A $4 million service contract has been awarded to a San Francisco shipyard to cover expenses in readying the USS Enterprise for repairs to its hull, a Navy official said.
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier hit a reef while engaged in war games off the San Diego coast on Nov. 2, ripping a 400-foot gash in its outer hull and flooding lower compartments.
The contract issued to Triple-A Shipyard is to pay for readying cranes and dredging a channel to dry dock the 1,102-foot, 90,000-ton ship, Navy Cmdr. Ken Luchka said Friday.
″The $4 million is not the actual repair price of the Enterprise,″ Luchka said, adding that was still under review.
The contract was awarded under emergency considerations because the Enterprise is scheduled to lead a battle group in Indian Ocean and western Pacific maneuvers next month.