PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a $618 million contract modification to build the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer DD 123 for the United States Navy.
Ingalls was previously awarded an advance procurement of $55 million for DDG 123, making the full contract amount $673 million.
"This will be the 34th Arleigh Burke destroyer built at Ingalls, and we thrive on this experience," said George Nungesser, Ingalls' DDG 51 program manager. "Maintaining the same shipbuilding teams from ship to ship is paying dividends to our learning curve. The U.S. Navy sailors manning this future DDG deserve the best quality, and our shipbuilders will provide that in a way that is the most cost-effective."
The destroyer is the fourth of five the company was awarded in June 2013. Part of a multi-year procurement in the DDG 51 program, the five-ship contract 'allows Ingalls to build ships more efficiently by buying bulk material and moving the skilled workforce from ship to ship.'
With the contract, Ingalls will build destroyers through 2023.