General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to build another DDG 51 Destroyer for Navy

BATH, ME. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works won a U.S. Navy contract to build an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (DDG-51), bringing the total number of ships to be constructed under a multi-year procurement to five. This contract is valued at $642.5 million and the total contact is worth about $3.4 billion.

Two DDG 51 destroyers are now in production at Bath Iron Works -- Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) and Thomas Hudner (DDG 116). personnel began fabricating on DDG 115 in the fall of 2011, and delivery to the Navy customer is scheduled for 2016. Fabrication on DDG 116 started in fall of 2012, and the ship is scheduled for delivery to the Navy in 2017.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer provides defense against a wide range of threats, such as ballistic missiles. It supports surface action groups, carrier battle groups, amphibious groups and replenishment groups, enabling a anti-submarine (ASW), anti-air (AAW) and anti-surface (SuW) capabilities. Al ships in this class use all-steel construction and have gas turbine propulsion. The ships’ AEGIS combat system combined with its Vertical Launching System, advanced ASW system, advanced anti-aircraft missiles, Tomahawk anti-ship, land-attack missiles, and two embarked SH-60 helicopters gives the DDG 51 many weapon options.

Bath Iron Works is also contructing the three ships in the planned three-vessel Zumwalt-class of destroyers, Zumwalt (DDG 1000), Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), and Lyndon Johnson (DDG 1002). The christening of the Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is slated for next month in Bath, Maine.

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