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August 30, 2022

HII wins combat systems availability contract for third Zumwalt-class vessel

The associated work is expected to complete by October next year.

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has secured a contract to commence combat systems availability (CSA) work on the US Navy’s third and final Zumwalt-class destroyer.

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The estimated value of this cost-incentive-fee contract for the DDG 1000-class destroyer, Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002), is approximately $41.6m.

Under this CSA contract, HII Ingalls Shipbuilding will work to complete the installation, activation and evaluation of the combat systems on DDG 1002.

This work will ensure that the system is completely functional to operate as part of the US Navy fleet. It will be performed under the US Navy’s phased delivery approach.

In addition, the contract will involve HII to provide programme management, materials, labour, facilities and emergent work support and maintenance, required to complete industrial efforts as well as fleet industrial efforts to support DDG 1002’s combat system.

HII Ingalls Shipbuilding president Kari Wilkinson said: “HII is excited to support our navy colleagues in bringing this new capability to the fleet.

“As a dedicated partner in the construction and system activation of navy destroyers, Ingalls is eager to leverage our shipbuilders’ expertise and modernised facilities in supporting the navy’s future generation systems and platforms.”

The associated work will be performed at company’s facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It is expected to conclude by October next year.

Christened in April 2019, the US Navy’s Lyndon B Johnson destroyer has a stealth design and is armed with advanced weaponry and warfighting technology.

It also features wave-piercing tumblehome hull and an electric propulsion system.

Once constructed, the last ship of the Zumwalt-class will perform a wide range of operations, including sea control, deterrence, power projection as well as command and control missions.

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