PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has been awarded a $3.3 billion contract for construction of five Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG 51s) for the U.S. Navy. If additional options are exercised, the contract could be worth $3.39 billion.
"Our shipbuilders have a strong legacy of building DDG 51s, a class of ships that for decades has proven itself to be the workhorse of the Navy's fleet," said DDG 51 Program Manager George Nungesser.
"This contract award and, importantly, the Navy's structuring of the program increases our momentum in realizing efficiencies generated from true serial production. We are committed to getting it right and doing it better every day, and we appreciate this opportunity to continue building the world's finest surface combatants."
Ingalls has already delivered 28 DDG 51 destroyers to the Navy. Currently, two more are under construction. Ingalls started construction on John Finn (DDG 113) in September 2012 and will begin construction on Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) this summer.
A majority of the work for the five new destroyers will be performed at the Pascagoula shipyard, and should be fully complete by July 2023.