The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries two separate contract modifications worth more than $600 million each to build DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced in a Wednesday statement.
The contract modifications awarded to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls, worth $644 million and $618 million respectively, are part of a multiyear procurement contract for DDG 51 Arleigh Burke Class destroyers that both companies previously reached with the Navy in 2013.
The contract modification given to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is worth $644 million, and will result in the planning and construction of DDG 124. The total value of the five-ship contract General Dynamics Bath Iron Works reached with the Navy in 2013 is about $3.4 billion. DDG 124 will be the fourth ship in the five-ship contract. General Dynamics is currently producing four other DDG 51s—the DDG 115, DDG 116, DDG 118, and DDG 120—at its Bath Iron Works Facilities, in Bath, Maine, the company said in a statement related to the award.
Huntington Ingalls was already awarded $55 million in advance procurement funds for the construction of the ship involved with the contract, the DDG 123. This means that the price of the full contract given to Huntington Ingalls is approximately $673 million.
“This will be the 34th Arleigh Burke destroyer built at Ingalls, and we thrive on this experience,” said George Nungesser, Huntington Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager, in a press statement from Huntington Ingalls. “Maintaining the same shipbuilding teams from ship to ship is paying dividends to our learning curve.”
Huntington Ingalls is currently constructing five destroyers at its facilities: DDG 113, DDG 114, DDG 117, DDG 119, and DDG 121.
Arleigh Burke- class destroyers provide protection against air, surface, and subsurface threats, including ballistic missiles.
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