The USS Carter Hall (LSD-50), a cornerstone of the US Navy’s amphibious fleet, is set to undergo a year-long restoration project valued at $87.2 million, with the potential to reach $92.2 million. BAE Systems, a leader in ship repair and maintenance, secured the competitively-awarded contract earlier this month, signifying their commitment to keeping the Carter Hall a vital asset for years to come.

A Legacy of Amphibious Warfare

Commissioned in 1995, the USS Carter Hall is the second Navy vessel to bear the name.

It honors the late Admiral William J. Carter Jr., who served with distinction in World War II and the Vietnam War.

The 610-foot-long (190 meters) LSD-50 is designed to transport and deploy Marines, vehicles, and equipment for amphibious assault missions.

It boasts a capacity of 420 sailors and 500 Marines, along with 15 amphibious assault vehicles and 4 M1 Abrams tanks. Armaments include Mk 28 cannons, Phalanx close-in weapon systems, and M2HB machine guns.

USS Carter Hall 2007
USS Carter Hall travering the Indian Ocean, 2007. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Carter Hall recently returned from a successful eight-month deployment spanning the North Atlantic, Eastern Mediterranean, Baltic, Red Sea, and Arabian Gulf regions, highlighting its critical role in global crisis response and combat readiness.

Restorations to Ensure Continued Service

BAE Systems Norfolk shipyard, employing a skilled workforce of approximately 1,000 personnel alongside subcontractor partners, will commence the restoration project in July 2024. The year-long endeavor focuses on crucial maintenance and preservation efforts.

The ship’s hull, a vital line of defense against the harsh ocean environment, will be meticulously inspected and repaired. Internal fuel and ballast tanks, ensuring stability and propulsion, will undergo comprehensive maintenance.