In the gritty world of naval power plays, where the stakes are as high as the seas are deep, the USS Boise (SSN-764) is gearing up for a comeback that reads like a phoenix rising from the ashes of bureaucracy and maintenance logjams.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) bagged a hefty $1.2 billion contract, as announced in a Defense Department bulletin last Friday (February 23), to breathe new life into this Los Angeles-class submarine—a beast that’s been lying dormant since 2017.

Nestled in the heart of Virginia, HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) is the chosen ground where this mammoth task will unfold, aiming for a grand resurgence by September 2029.

The Mission: A Deep Dive Overhaul

This isn’t just a spit-and-polish job. We’re talking a full-scale overhaul that dives deep into the vessel’s guts — from its hull to the heart of its propulsion, not to mention zapping its electric plant and auxiliary systems back to prime condition.

The USS Boise is set for a transformation that’ll gear it up for the modern warfare arena, ensuring it’s not just ready but ahead of the curve for whatever the ocean’s murky depths throw its way.

Todd Corillo, the voice from HII, cuts through the naval jargon, making it clear that they’re not just tinkering around the edges.

“The contract covers work that will include maintenance and restoration of the ship’s hull structure, tanks, propulsion systems, electric plant, auxiliary systems, armament, and furnishings, as well as numerous ship alterations,” Corillo told Breaking Defense in a statement.

They’re leveraging decades of nuclear-powered submarine maintenance mojo to get the USS Boise back in the fight.